Crystal Palace supporters were reasonably buoyant in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with West Ham at Selhurst Park, although a point wasn’t enough to move them off the bottom of the Premier League table.
Roy Hodgson’s men went into their clash with the East London outfit having narrowly lost out to Newcastle United in their previous league outing, and they looked on course for back-to-back defeats when Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew gave Slaven Bilic’s side a two-goal cushion. However, the hosts hit back brilliantly with a penalty from Luke Milivojevic and a 97th minute strike from Wilfried Zaha securing a 2-2 draw for the hosts, in turn picking up their fourth point of the campaign but ultimately remaining firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
Nonetheless, there is much more optimism among our resident Palace fans following their side’s fight and determination on Saturday, and they are likely to be further encouraged by a recent report from The Independent, which outlines some intriguing information regarding the future of former manager Sam Allardyce.
The 63-year-old left his post as Eagles boss at the end of last season after guiding the club to Premier League safety, with Palace eventually finishing 14th in the table and seven points clear of the bottom three.
Yet the former England boss called time on his stint in charge but has recently been heavily linked with the vacant post at Premier League rivals Everton, which came about following the sacking of Ronald Koeman at the start of last week.
And reports suggest that Palace could be in for £2 million should Allardyce take over at Goodison Park, as the Eagles reportedly inserted a clause which entitles them to compensation should the 63-year-old take another job before a certain date.
But it remains to be seen whether the ex-Bolton Wanderers and West Ham chief does indeed take over the Merseysiders.
Landlord’s verdict: Sam Allardyce surprised many up and down the country when he resigned as Crystal Palace manager back in May, having led the side to Premier League safety to maintain his impressive record of never having been relegated during his managerial career.
And although that may have come as disappointment to several Palace supporters, especially given their current plight, there may be some good news from it should Allardyce take another job in the near future, as the Eagles would reportedly be due £2 million in compensation.
And although £2 million isn’t much in today’s footballing money, it will certainly help manager Roy Hodgson and the club’s hierarchy thrash out a plan for the January window, and who knows, that figure may just help them land that key striker which could save them from relegation this term.
Palace fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!