With the new Premier League season now just one day away, excitement is building dramatically for Palace fans.
After seeing the team end last term in 10th place, a raft of new high-profile signings and a completely revamped training ground have sent expectations soaring, thanks in no small part to the drive of a certain Alan Pardew.
Pinned down for an in-depth interview with The Telegraph’s Jason Burt yesterday, the Palace boss gives a fascinating insight into his hopes and dreams of success whilst with us, having carefully overseen every aspect of the club’s dramatic summer facelift alongside Steve Parish.
Speaking candidly about his time at Newcastle and how it shaped him, the 54-year-old suggests that the “control” he is afforded at Selhurst Park made it easy for him to leave the North East, despite the obvious shift in job security. Fed up with the committee-like approach in the transfer market, Pardew is now given direct influence over each and every player we sign, with the current transfer window providing a glimpse of his long-term ambitions for us.
Whilst the playing squad is obviously of pivotal importance, there is also a decent chunk of chat about the changes that have been made to the training ground, which, in terms of his legacy, will provide a lasting positive impression in every sense of the word.
From the limited images that are available in the piece, we can see the differences in both Pardew’s office and the medical centre, but when reading about the level of work that has taken place there since May, you get the sense that the boss is as proud of it as any new signing. He’s looking to push the club forward in every area, and is clearly relishing the trust that is being shown in him at every turn.
If you only read one thing today, make it this. You won’t regret it.