Alan Pardew has admitted that he “would love” to take on one of the country’s “big clubs” in the future, fuelling speculation over whether or not he views Crystal Palace as a stepping stone to greater things.
Speaking to the press after what has been a fantastic start to the 2015/16 Premier League campaign, Pardew admitted that he is extremely envious of managers like Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers, given the budgets they are afforded by their owners.
Equally, it’s evident that the England job is one which Pardew is keeping a watchful eye on, given the relative bandwagon that is building around him across the British press, but you would hope that for now, the former Eagles midfielder is content to simply continue riding the wave of momentum that is growing in SE25.
Pardew is no stranger to self-promotion, indeed, the confidence he has in himself and his players is one of the biggest reasons for Palace fans’ love affair with him, after the emotional roller-coaster we were all forced to endure during the 18 month stint which saw Holloway, Pulis and Warnock take the reins at Selhurst Park. For the first time in decades, things are going perfectly in south London, which will always lead to fears of a potential bombshell coming along to rain on our parade.
From the FA’s perspective, there will always be a degree of fear attached to appointing a man who once head butted a player following a moment of red mist, but in terms of jobs within the country’s stereotypical “big four” recent events surrounding Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea may provoke a bold move from one of them for his services. Of course, it remains extremely unlikely, but, should he continue to produce such fine performances in SE25, the speculation will only continue to increase.
For now though, let’s just hope that the good times continue to roll.