After a little more than seven months in charge at Selhurst Park Alan Pardew is now just one win away from becoming the successful Premier League manager in Crystal Palace’s history.
Having taken charge of just 19 league games as Eagles’ boss, Pardew has now won 11, the joint most of any one of our managers to date since the Premier League began in 1992. During that time, he has amassed a win ratio of 59% in all completions, giving him the best win percentage of any Palace manager to take charge of 20 or more games in the club’s entire 110 year history.
Whilst it’s always advisable to excersise caution before getting too carried away, there is simply no reason to play down the impact Alan Pardew has had on our football club since moving down at the start of 2015. Throughout the summer, there have been countless Newcastle fans suggesting that the native south Londoner’s bubble would burst as soon as the new season got underway, but after an impressive win in Norfolk yesterday afternoon, our rate of progress looks to be as rapid as ever.
With the arrival of Yohan Cabaye putting a spring in everyone’s step, his fellow newcomers Connor Wickham, Patrick Bamford, Bakary Sako and Alex McCarthy all appear to have settled into life at the club well, ahead of a league campaign in which we will be looking to push ourselves even higher than we managed at the back end of the 2014-15 campaign.
Looking more potent than ever in the final third, Palace have embarked upon a genuine transformation under Pardew’s management. Gone is the self-doubt that has so often plagued our players, replaced by a confident yet steely belief in our own ability. It’s an “us against them” mentality with a flourish of showmanship thrown in for good measure.
If this weekend’s trip to Norfolk taught us anything, it was that the group of players we now have at our disposal are looking up rather than down. Ready to welcome Arsenal to our corner of south London in a week’s time, Pardew, his players and our supporters will be ready for any challenge.
August of 2015 is a good time to be a fan of Crystal Palace FC.