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Former England manager Sam Allardyce/AFP

Former England Manager Sam Allardyce is in pole position to replace Alan Pardew as Crystal Palace boss.

Pardew lost his job on Thursday after Palace decided they had had enough as the club lie in 17th in the Premier League table after a run of one win in 11 games.

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And Allardyce travelled to Palace’s training ground on Friday to complete talks with chairman Steve Parish.

On his arrival, 62-year-old Allardyce described the Palace job as a “fantastic” opportunity to return to Premier League management.

The former Sunderland gaffer could take charge of the side’s training on Saturday, before Palace’s Boxing Day game with Watford.

Parish told the BBC that Pardew’s “expansive style of football hasn’t worked” and told BBC Sport on Thursday they would now “wind the dial back the other way.”