Crystal Palace fans have got an early Christmas present, as their love affair with Alan Pardew is now officially over.

Thursday afternoon has seen Palace confirm that our old friend has got the boot.

A disastrous 2016 has seen Pardew and Palace accumulate only 26 points from 36 matches and surely the only question is, why has it taken them so long to do it?

After the money wasted in the summer, it looks clear that the South London club didn’t fancy handing over yet more cash to waste – so now we wait to see who they have lined up to fill his shoes.

Sam Allardyce hasn’t got a job I hear…

Official Alan Pardew Statement by Crystal Palace

Club Statement – 22nd December 2016

Crystal Palace F.C. have today asked Alan Pardew to step down as Manager of the Club.

Club Chairman Steve Parish said:

“I would like to put on record our sincere gratitude for the tremendous service Alan has given us, both in his time here as Manager and previously as a player. 

“Following a fantastic second half of 2014/15, the 2015/16 season culminated in only narrowly missing out on winning the FA cup as well as securing our Premier League place for a record breaking fourth time.

“During his tenure Alan’s hard work and dedication were without question, he has improved so many areas of the Club and we wish him the very best for the future.”

With games now coming thick and fast over the holiday period the Club are hoping to put someone in place as quickly as possible but have nothing to say about a replacement at this time.

Alan Pardew Statement:

‘I would just like to take the opportunity to thank everybody at Crystal Palace for their fantastic support. In particular a big thanks to the players who gave me absolutely everything and Steve Parish and his Board.

Personally I have a lot of good feelings for this football Club and am sad that my time there has ended.

I  feel that I have a special bond with the club and hope that hasn’t been affected, I wish everybody associated with the Club the best of luck in the future including of course the fans who have been magnificent.

There will be no further comment at the present time.’