Crystal Palace manager, Ian Holloway, has stepped down from his position at Selhaust Park, having decided he had lost the respect of the squad following the ‘Eagles’ poor start to the 2013/14 Premier League season.
Holloway joined Palace in November 2012 and guided the South London club to England’s first division via playoff -a 1-0 win over Watford in May- after finishing third position in the Championships.
Palace’s start in the ongoing league season, with three points from eight games, has been described as the worst in the club’s history.
Monday’s 4-1 home loss to Fulham prompted a post match meeting between the club’s co-chairman Steve Parish and Holloway, which fueled speculation on the latter’s job.
Both Holloway and Parish along with managing director Phil Alexander, held a further meeting on Tuesday morning at the club’s Beckenham training base when the 50-year-old tactician confirmed he wanted to vacate his position less than a year after arriving
Currently sitting in 19th place on the log, Palace are five points short of safety, with their solitary victory coming against fellow strugglers Sunderland on August 31. They also lost to Bristol City in the second-round of the Capital One Cup.
Palace’s next game is at home to Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday.