Pardew in or Pardew out?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 4, 2016
I think it would be fair to say that recent results have not gone Crystal Palace’s way, without a win in the Premier League since December 19th and only 4 points out of a possible 33 picked up, it is no wonder that Alan Pardew’s role as Palace manager is being questioned. It would seem that for some fans, Saturday’s dismal first half performance and Palace’s 3-2 loss away to West Brom was the last straw.
Crystal Palace’s Premier League status could be in real jeopardy with Liverpool, Man United, Leicester, West Ham and Arsenal all to come in the weeks ahead, it is hard to see where the points are coming from. Norwich currently in 18th place on 24 points, at a time of writing, sitting just 9 points behind a stagnant Crystal Palace.
Furthermore, I think it would also be fair to say that every job Pardew has had ended in tears, from Reading to Charlton and from West Ham to Newcastle. Pardew took over Reading as manager from 1999, enjoying a relatively successful reign. Winning promotion to the championship in 2002, he was tipped as one of the best up and coming managers in football. Nevertheless, in September 2003 Pardew resigned from his position at Reading, after being refused permission to become West Ham manager. Reading chairman John Madejski attempted to create an injunction in the High Court, eventually, the legal battle was dropped and Pardew was free to leave. With West Ham, Pardew managed to bring back premier league football to the Boleyn Ground, beating Preston in the Play-Offs. The next season he took West Ham to the 2006 FA Cup final vs Liverpool and West Ham finished 9th place in the premier league. However during his third season as manager results did not go his way, West Ham’s worst run for 70 years ended with his departure. Southampton was a success, winning the Football League Trophy, however, five months later reports of conflict between Pardew and the chairman signalled the end of his time. Finally, his run at Newcastle started well, finishing 5th in the 2011/12 season. He won Manager of The Season and signed an 8-year extension. He then took his side to the quarter-final of the Europa League. Nonetheless, in 2012/13 Pardew lost 15 of the last 21, fans turned very quickly, protests were carried out and a website was even made (SackPardew.com). It seemed that everything Pardew had worked towards had collapsed in front of him. In December 2014, Pardew was given permission to talk to Crystal Palace and subsequently left Newcastle.
What does all this mean for Crystal Palace? Well, it would seem that there is an endless cycle with Alan Pardew. He takes the reins, makes an instant impact but then every club experiences a decline. Are the last 11 games simply a blip for Palace or is this the start of something much bigger?
Let’s not get hasty now! This is Alan Pardew, the manager that saved Crystal Palace and Newcastle in one season. The manager that has been tipped for the England job, masterminded that night against Man City and led Palace to a 10th place finish in the Premier League. At one point, Crystal Palace was mentioned in the same breath as the title challenge, only 3 points off 3rd place towards the end of December. This is the same side that is only one game away from Wembley, surely you cannot sack him! Just over a week ago, Palace pulled off one of the biggest FA Cup shocks this season, beating Spurs at White Hart Lane.
In addition to this, if Pardew were to get the sack, who would be his replacement? Gary Monk is available but he is inexperienced and left Swansea in a dangerous position. David Moyes did well at Everton but is he really a step up from Pardew? Brendan Rogers, Tim Sherwood and Nigel Pearson are all available but would you trust any of them more than Alan Pardew?
Since taking over at Crystal Palace, he has created a platform and just 14 months into his term, Palace are now considered an established Premier League club. His signings seem to be brilliant, Yohan Cabaye, perhaps one of the most technically gifted midfielders Selhurst has seen, Sako has fit right in and Wickham has played a pivotal part so far. Adebayor may be just what Palace needed to see out this season and the FA Cup dream. He has brought in a few ex-players and legends to the club as backroom staff. Along with the new American investors, this club is only on the up. All we have to do is stick with the manager; back the players and we will get our reward.