Struggling Crystal Palace have sacked embattled manager Alan Pardew, after guiding the club to one win in 11 games.
Pardew was appointed on a three-and-a-half-year deal in January 2015.
Under Pardew’s watch, Palace have picked only 26 points from the 36 Premier League matches they have played in 2016. And they are just one point above the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, former England boss Sam Allardyce is the bookmakers’ favourite to take over.
“Personally I have a lot of good feelings for this football club and am sad that my time there has ended,” said Pardew, who made more than 100 appearances for Palace as a player between 1987 and 1991 and led them to the FA Cup final last season.
“I feel that I have a special bond with the club and hope that hasn’t been affected,” he was quoted as saying by BBC.
Chairman Steve Parish added: “During his tenure, Alan’s hard work and dedication were without question. He has improved so many areas of the club.”
Palace have yet to confirm who will take charge of the team for their league fixture at Watford on Boxing Day.