Despite being a founding member of the Premier League, Crystal Palace have spent most of their time since that first season in the second tier.
After gaining promotion through the playoffs in 2013, Palace have gone on to establish themselves as a team that deserves to be in England’s top flight.
With results being inconsistent however, will Alan Pardew’s management skills be enough to save the Eagles from the drop?
History in the Premier League
The first of Crystal Palace’s five spells in the Premier League began as founder members in the inaugural season (1992-93). Despite being relegated at the end of this season, the Eagles came straight back up, before going back to the lower divisions two years later.
After developing a reputation as something of a yo-yo team in the 1990s, Palace spent just one season (2004-05) in the Premier League during the first 10 years of the 21st century.
They spent the next eight seasons in the Championships before their return to the Premier League in 2013-14, when they finished a respectable 11th under Tony Pulis.
Alan Pardew’s start as a Premier League manager came with West Ham in 2005-06 after he led the Hammers to promotion from the play-offs.
In his first season among the English football elite, Pardew led West Ham to a ninth place finish and the FA Cup final, which they lost in a penalty shoot-out to Liverpool.
After a run of poor performances, Pardew was sacked by the West Ham board in December 2006.
After a spell at Charlton Athletic ended in relegation in 2006-07, Pardew took on the reigns at Southampton in 2009, and then Newcastle in 2010, guiding the Magpies to a 12th place in 2010-11 and fifth the next season.
Pardew received the Manager of the Season award in 2012, but found it hard to repeat this success at St James’s Park over the next couple of seasons.
In January 2015, Pardew resigned as Newcastle boss to return to Crystal Palace, where he had spent much of his playing career. Despite the fact that the Eagles were 18th in the table when he took over, the new manager guided his side to 10th – their highest ever finish.
30-year-old French international, Yohan Cabaye, is proving a key signing for Alan Pardew: in his first nine appearances for Palace, the Frenchman scored three goals.
This led France manager, Didier Deschamps, to state his belief that Cabaye “has been reborn at Crystal Palace”. Deschamps also says that regular first team football should ensure that the midfielder can still prove a powerful force on the pitch for his country.
Pardew has worked wonders since taking on the reigns at Selhurst Park. He built on Pulis’ original groundwork and guided them to their best ever finish.
With Palace looking likely to fall through the trapdoor under former manager Neil Warnock, his successor, Alan Pardew, proved his worth by signing a respected French international and continuing to keep the Eagles away from relegation.