Alan Pardew has completed his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Chelsea, answering questions over injuries, team selection, Patrick Bamford’s recent comments in the press, and much more.
This press conference from Alan Pardew touches on a number of interesting topics as we head into 2016 with a spring in our step. Discussing our tactics for Chelsea, Patrick Bamford’s recent PR error and our January transfer plans, it is essential viewing for every Crystal Palace fan.
After being asked for an update on the general fitness of the squad, Pardew gave some pretty grim news about our options for the clash in question, after seeing a number of first-team regulars pick up knocks over the last week or so. His comments here give a solid indication of our tactical approach for the game, given the bodies we have available.
Alan then goes on to discuss the recent incident surrounding Patrick Bamford, highlighting the apology he has made via Twitter as a line in the sand which we as a football club are more than happy to accept. His comments on the Chelsea striker are certainly interesting, after he admitted to the Croydon Advertiser’s Mark Ritson following the Swansea game, that Bamford’s decision to leave was something he was unaware of at the time.
Pressed for some news on potential transfers at the club, the boss is open about our desire to bring one or two players in during January, as we look to maintain the momentum that has been gradually building since August. Admitting that a striker would be a welcomed addition to his squad given the recent raft of injuries to his attacking players, Pardew is then quizzed directly about rumours linking us with a move for Loic Remy, who has been struggling for games at Stamford Bridge.
After being reminded of the fact that he is rapidly approaching his first anniversary as Crystal Palace manager, the gaffer speaks openly about the fantastic start he’s made to life in the Selhurst Park dugout, emphasising the passion the owners, fans and he have for the football club. Whilst it’s always easy to get swept up in the platitudes that are so regularly trotted out by Premier League managers, you really do get the impression that Pardew is loving life in South London, having been welcomed back so warmly by the supporters.