Yohan Cabaye has revealed the major difference he’s noticed in Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace in comparison to the man who managed him at Newcastle; the presence of parrots in his office.
Having played under the 54-year-old during what was almost certainly the most stressful spell of his career on Tyneside, the Frenchman will have seen his boss looking a little frazzled on more than one occasion, far more concerned with keeping the wolves from his door than the birds close to his desk.
Now though, Yohan has seen a complete shift in the mindset of his long-time gaffer, with the feeling of homeliness Pardew enjoys in SE25 making his comfortable enough to bring the birds he once kept in his Newcastle home into his office at the Palace training ground.
Although Cabaye’s words (attached above) come across in slightly broken English, given the fact that they’ve been translated from his native tongue, the overall tone of their sentiment is clear; where before there was a great deal of stress in Alan’s life, the arrival of the birds in Beckenham have ushered in a new sense of calm to his general demeanour.
No one can be quite sure how long Pardew will remain in the Crystal Palace hotseat, given the fickle nature of professional football in 2015, but it’s good to know that the man himself is showing all the signs of getting his feet under the table for the long haul.
Let’s hope he and his parrots remain as happy as ever in South London for the foreseeable future.