Sky Sports’ Gary Cotterill isn’t likely to be welcomed back to Palace’s Beckenham training base with open arms by Alan Pardew after the reporter asked some extremely leading questions at yesterday’s press conference.
As is customary in the modern world of football management, Alan Pardew sat down to field questions from the press ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Chelsea, but quickly became irritated by the line of questioning from Cotterill and rightly so, given the reporter’s persistence in attempting to create off field talking points where there quite simply is nothing to discuss.
Asking first about our goalkeeping situation, following Alex McCarthy’s decent start to life in between the sticks at Selhurst Park, the Sky Sports man suggested that Pardew would have a moral dilemma in selecting a keeper this weekend, after describing Julian Speroni as “untouchable” last season. Quite why he felt it appropriate to press the boss for clarification on that comment given Speroni’s absence from the squad through injury in recent weeks is anyone’s guess, but it didn’t go down well.
Then, Cotterill decided to suggest that Yannick Bolasie’s return to the side for tomorrow’s trip to Stamford Bridge was a show of commitment to the collective cause from the winger, prompting Pardew to set him straight immediately by stating that Yannick’s decision to play was simply a matter of doing his late father proud in extremely delicate circumstances, which we as a club are more than happy to accommodate.
Whether or not Pardew and Cotterill have any history for this sort of thing we’re not sure, but it’s certainly good to see the Eagles boss pulling no punches in response to what can only be described as unprofessional questioning from a man who should know better.
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