Despite picking up a first win of the Premier League season over a poor Sunderland outfit, Ian Holloway’s suspect summer transfer window strategy and a slippery run of games make him a prime suspect in the sack race.
Transfer deadline day closed with the nutty manager ushering three new players into Selhurst Park.
Adrian Mariappa from Reading and Villa’s Scottish midfielder Barry Bannan joined for undisclosed fees while Stoke bulldozer Cameron Jerome arrived on loan.
They joined two captures from the Championship, sealed one day prior, in winger Jimmy Kebe and young Huddersfield full-back Jack Hunt.
It took Holloway’s personal recruitment totaliser to 13 new signings during the summer, but not one of them can truly be marked down as a Premier League match winner – someone who can drag the Eagles above the dotted line come the end of the season through sheer brilliance.
Instead Holloway has decided to take an approach of “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” again, something that failed him in his last Premier League campaign with Blackpool.
Maybe this was the only approach Holloway had available to him, with Palace hardly high up on a list of dream destinations for many footballers. But with players like Niko Kranjcar joining the Championship and QPR goalie Julio Cesar unable to even make the bench at Loftus Road, Holloway’s decision to recruit average players with undesirable Premier League records could cost him his job.
Holloway is currently 8/1 with Bwin to be the next manager to leave his post and a run of tricky fixtures over the next few weeks could seal his fate.
The bald-headed Bristolian has already had to deal with rumours about his job security barely three games into the season and has trips to Man Utd, Southampton and Liverpool to deal with in the coming weeks, with a home game against Swansea following the Old Trafford visit.
It’s difficult to see the Eagles picking up much more than one point during that run, which would see the team slide from their current position of 13th right down into trouble and the manager right into the dole queue.