Allardyce could still replace Pardew but Wenger is set to stay at Arsenal – Mirror

Sam Allardyce remains in the frame to take over at Crystal Palace if Alan Pardew is axed, the Daily Mirror say.

Allardyce was reportedly waiting in the wings when Pardew was widely expected to lose his job as Palace boss if they did not beat Southampton earlier this month.

The Eagles won that game but the Mirror say Pardew remains under pressure and needs positive results over the Christmas period to avoid being sacked.

Further speculation that Allardyce could take charge at Selhurst Park appears to have been triggered by comments he made to beIN Sports last week.

Allardyce said: “I think (I will return) probably in the new year if not before, depending on who approaches me.”

While the Mirror suggest Pardew is in danger, the newspaper reckon Arsenal’s apparent pursuit of Valencia left-back Jose Gaya is an indication that Arsene Wenger will be staying as Gunners boss.

Wenger’s current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the season and it is claimed that a deal to sign Gaya, 21, is being lined up for then, which is a sign that the Frenchman will not be leaving.

Wenger is likely to be given a two-year contract by the club, the Mirror say.

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