For a first time in a long while Alan Pardew will get to eat his Christmas Turkey stress free as he and Charlton Athletic have parted company by "mutual consent".
Following Charlton’s 5-2 defeat by Sheffield United at The Valley, the Addicks had no other choice but to relief Pardew off his duties as they plunged into the relegation zone. Phil Parkinson looks likely to be in temporary charge for the game against Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, as more than 300 fans protested against Pardew’s position.
The ex-West Ham manager took over from Les Reid nearly two years ago but could not help Charlton from avoiding the drop that season.
Now in the Championship, Pardew has struggled to rekindle any of the form that saw them finish well last term. They narrowly finished in ninth place, on the brink of a play off place.
This current season they have lost 10 games already and it was no surprise that Pardew left and the club would be pleased to see the back of his high wages. The club's finances have struggled to come to terms without the Premier League money as the position they find themselves in is concerning, relegation would pretty much destroy the infrastructure of the club and send them into further financial trouble.
The major fact to Pardew’s dismissal was the 31 goals leaked in just 18 games, the defence simply were not playing their part. The 21 goal in return is also not good enough. The whole round team performances have been woeful.
Andy Gray has been the only notable player this term scoring six goals, as his closest rival has been midfielder Nick Bailey who has chipped in with three.
Luke Varney, who Pardew paid an astonishing £2 million for, has not made the impact he should have. The two goals he has scored from the 16 games he has played this season have been pitiful. He was signed from Crewe Alexandra where he was not the most prolific, so it seemed that Pardew spent most of his budget on a player that did not guarantee goals.
That was probably the beginning of his downfall. It got considerably worse after that.
The speculation regarding the foreign ownership of the Addicks was altogether distracting with regards to the clubs financial vulnerability. This did not allow Pardew to improve his much depleted squad.
Charlton received an indicative offer from a Dubai-based diversified investment company but that eventually fell through. The club is heading into dire straits and Pardew had to go, he had lost the dressing room and new blood is required immediately to save them from going under.
It would seem that there is a ready made replacement out there to save them free falling further down the divisions, fans favourite Alan Curbishley.
A return might be unlikely but a manager that knows the club and can work within a shoe string budget is required.