Pardew given vote of confidence ahead of relegation six-pointer
Alan Pardew is under immense pressure after a poor start to the season with Crystal Palace and the Eagles could move dangerously close to bottom three with a defeat against Hull on Saturday in what many would deem as a proverbial 'six-pointer'.
Palace sit just three points above Sunderland and Saturday's opponents Hull City who lie in 18th and 19th place, respectively and speculation has been growing surrounding Pardew's job security.
However, Pardew was given the vote of confidence ahead of the game by club chairman Steve Parish, who defended the former Newcastle manager's record at Selhurst Park.
"Alan has a 41 percent win record at Palace which is pretty astonishing," Parish told radio station 'Talksport'.
"It's totally safe (Pardew's job) in that every manager is under pressure. It's a binary industry and you have to win football matches".
He added: "We have to find the balance. There's plenty right and we just need to fix the things that are wrong.
"If we're in crisis then there are a lot of clubs in crisis. We need to get points on the board and everyone is behind Alan in doing that.
"He's a positive force around the football club. If you look at the league, the top teams have gone on to a different level but it's very flat at the bottom".