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The 2016–17 season is Crystal Palace's fourth consecutive season in the Premier League and their 111th year in existence. This season, Crystal Palace participates in the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup. The season covers the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.
Crystal Palace are managed by club-legend Alan Pardew who returned to his old stomping ground in early 2015. Pardew enjoyed a cracking opening year in charge of the Eagles, but a worrying run of form in 2016 thrust his position under the spotlight, meaning he'll be looking to make a strong start to the new season.
As it was, Crystal Palace’s manager could have talked in January, February, March or any other month until now. Alan Pardew is a man for whom falls following pride are an inevitable part of professional life, simply because there is so much pride to go round. This is a manager who, during the good times, has the strut of a smooth car salesman who has just gained his best sale of the year.
Even by Pardew’s own standards, 2016 has been an impressive year of near-constant downward spiral following success. Only Norwich and Aston Villa can equal Palace’s tally for Premier League losses since the the turn of the year; both are in the Championship. Palace’s full league record since a 2-1 away win at Stoke on December 19th, 2015, one week after the above interview answer, reads as follows: Played 22, Won 2, Drew 7, Lost 13. It is almost nine months since they won away from home in the league.
“I don’t think we need to change too much about the side, so I don’t believe we need to get that involved in the transfer window,” was Pardew’s other bold statement in December 2015, a manager confident, if not quite boastful, that he had the aptitude to get the best out of a small squad.
At Palace, as at Newcastle and West Ham before them, the goodwill Alan Pardew accrued when the sun shone is in danger of running out during a winter of fan discontent. The whispers will grow in volume with each passing defeat. When you’ve seen this same story play out before, it’s an awful lot easier to guess where it’s going next.