According to The Guardian, (who are probably the best-placed national newspaper when it comes to news about the club), Alan Pardew has opened talks with the board over a new long-term contract at Selhurst Park.
Having joined us from Newcastle at the start of 2015, the 54-year-old still has two-and-a-half years left to run on his current contract, but with talk of Chelsea being interested in him following the departure of Jose Mourinho, not to mention the possibility of the England hot seat becoming available after Euro 2016 next summer, Palace’s desire to tie him down for the long haul is entirely understandable.
With new investment coming into the club via the extremely deep pockets of American billionaires Josh Harris and David Blitzer, a new deal for Pardew will likely see a jump in salary from his current £1.5 million annual sum, as we look to keep him on board ahead of a push towards a regular place in the Premier League’s top half.
The piece above, which is written by the extremely well-connected Dominic Fifield, looks towards the imminent investment in the stadium as a potentially key motivating factor in Pardew’s decisions over his future, having set the wheels of progress in motion since he first took up the reins in SE25 at the turn of the year.
After such a fantastic year, it feels a little strange to be getting yet more good news about the club’s long-term future, but we’re certainly not going to complain. Let’s hope the boss follows through with the initial discussions by committing his long-term future to us in the not too distant future.