For followers of Alan Pardew’s managerial career the fact that he boasts a 100 per cent record after four games at Crystal Palace will come as little surprise.
However, that would be reckoning without the one-time Eagles midfielder’s alter ego, the hot and cold super/anti-hero Mr Streak.
Pardew’s occasionally erratic touchline behaviour has made him a controversial figure in the past, but his tendency to go off on one is not limited to dugout indiscretions.
The former Newcastle manager has shown a unique propensity for steering his side on prolonged runs, both good and bad, among his Premier League contemporaries.
If the Eagles can land underdogs’ odds of 17/10 by extending their 100 per cent record under Pardew’s tutelage to five games it will be the fourth time he has masterminded such a sequence while in charge of a top-flight side.
However, while Palace fans are bound to be glad all over after the club’s superb start to life under the silver-haired motivator their enthusiasm should be tempered by his history of overseeing similar runs of a more negative variety.
While Newcastle fans will doubtless feel they have been the chief sufferers and beneficiaries of Pardew’s streakiness they should spare a thought for West Ham.
Under the now-Palace boss the Hammers went on a seven-match winning rampage across all competitions in 2005/06.
He had been axed less than a year later after a draining run of no fewer than eight successive reverses.
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