London, Crystal Palace fired manager Alan Pardew on Thursday after a terrible start to the Premier League campaign which saw them just above the relegation places with almost half the season gone already.

In a short statement, Palace said the club asked Pardew to step down from his position and has thanked him for his services. Pardew had been in charge at Palace, a club he also played for, since January 2015.

Palace is in 17th place in the 20-team league with nearly half the season gone. The club has the fewest points per game (0.72) in 2016 than any team in England's top four divisions.

Speculation in English media ties Sam Allardyce to the job, with some reporting he is currently holding talks about the vacancy.

Source: Qatar News Agency