When speaking to the press ahead of this Sunday’s game at White Hart Lane, Alan Pardew managed to incur the wrath of Tottenham fans by assuring them that they’d finish in the top ten.
Although the North Londoners haven’t finished outside of the top half since the 2007-08 season, (when they ended the campaign in 11th) Pardew clearly felt the need to highlight the depth of their squad after what has been an underwhelming start to the season for Mauricio Pochettino and co.
Indeed, Tottenham have only finished outside of the top ten once in the last decade, prompting plenty of their supporters to get a little bent out of shape over Pardew’s comments, regardless of the fact that he was actually praising them as a club who are far higher placed in the pecking order than ourselves. Clearly, after more than five years with no silverware, it is bordering on an insult to suggest that they are well set for a comfortable top half finish.
Forgetting the fact that the Eagles boss has won his last two competitive ties against Spurs, and manages a side who are currently sitting comfortably above them in the Premier League table, he can also boast the best away points tally of any top flight manager in 2015, which will see his players kicking off at White Hart Lane with every confidence of testing their hosts to the limit.
He certainly knows how to ruffle the feathers of those he comes up against from week to week, even when he’s throwing a compliment their way.