Pardew Isn’t Holding Back In His Criticism Of Wayne Hennessey

0 Posted by - January 17, 2016 - News

Alan Pardew has pulled no punches in his assessment of Wayne Hennessey’s performances over the last week, admitting that the Welsh number one will need to impress him in training in the coming days if he wants to retain his place. 

Pardew’s startlingly blunt comments on Hennessey’s recent form can be seen in full here. Was he right to make such an example of the big man publicly?

With Alex McCarthy and Julian Speroni both nipping at Wayne’s heels in training from week to week, there will be no room for another mistake from him moving forward, but after winning the club’s Player of the Month award in December, some may still feel that a move to replace him between the sticks would be a tad hasty from Pardew. 

Whilst his error on Tuesday night was one which could occur to any keeper in a flash, his issues yesterday in Manchester will have provoked a far greater sense of concern amongst the Palace coaching staff, so routine was the dive required to stop Delph from putting the hosts in front. 

The direct consequence of such a deflating moment, was a shift in mentality from the players, all of whom had started the game in fine fashion against Pellegrini’s title hopefuls. There will have been plenty of neutrals who would have admitted to Palace being the better side in the opening 20 minutes, only for their collective heads to drop once the first goal of the game hit the back of the net. 

There will be plenty of debate over whether or not Pardew should have figuratively thrown Hennessey under the bus in the aftermath of what will have been such a horrible week for the keeper personally, but the game is a ruthless environment to inhabit at the top level and with two potential replacements desperate to step into Wayne’s boots, it’s entirely possible that Pardew’s words were said in the hope of maintaining harmony behind the scenes at one player’s expense. 

Have a read of his comments and decide for yourself. Has Pardew done the right thing, or was it an error of judgement on his part? 

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  • Spiceboy January 17, 2016 - 1:11 pm Reply

    Pardews lack of ability in the transfer market is the palace downfall. Bar caba his transfers have been aweful to date. Mutch & mcarthur what a waste of money. He should have bought gray from Birmingham or Townsend to fill the massive wing void of bolo & still a decent striker is nowhere in sight. Even if we did buy a world class striker where is the supply route if bolo is injured going to come from? Puncheon, sako, I don’t think so. We need a creative midfielder, striker & winger ASAP.

  • Richard January 17, 2016 - 2:08 pm Reply

    I cannot understand the instant negativity from some Palace fans. We are in the top half with a small squad and Mr Pardew is introducing change at a realistic pace. I heard some fans at Villa saying no new signings will want to come now?
    This season and last we have broken that mould.. Pardews arrival is what true Palace fans have longed for. Just enjoy and have faith . I remember the longest train journey in my life coming back from Cardiff in 1974 after being relegated to what seemed like oblivion ,now that’s what I call ————–!

  • Gordon January 17, 2016 - 2:35 pm Reply

    i can’t see where our next win or goal is gonna come from. The only player we’ve got with skill is cabaye the rest of the midfield players are gritty players but none can do close passing at pace which you need in this league. Yannick and zaha can do tricks all day long on side lines but if doesn’t end with a decent cross or pass its a waste of time. Shelvey showed what he could do yesterday and as for Austin to be picked for less than a third of the price he was in the summer and we showed no interest at all. As for pardew to criticise Hennessy after two mistake in the last 2 games what about the whole of the front line all season. We are so lucky we picked up the points in the first half of the season or we could’ve been in a lot of trouble.

  • Jo January 17, 2016 - 6:31 pm Reply

    Problem with Hennessey is it’s all or nothing with him. He’s either stellar, man of the match, or his errors lose us winnable games. I don’t think Pards was harsh at all. I think six points lost is enough for him to go to the back of the line. I think Speroni deserves a chance, if I’m honest. He only ever fell to the back of the pack because of his pre season injury.

  • A tarrant January 18, 2016 - 9:47 am Reply

    A skilled midfielder and a centre forward of class is what’s needed not a trouble maker

  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh January 18, 2016 - 3:43 pm Reply

    First of all McArthur is not a Pardew signing he signed in summer 14, Pardew didnt arrive till winter. I would also add that McArthur is a very good player. Next Cabeye isn’t Pards only good signing. Souare has been very good and Sako has been well worth the £0 spent on him and has contributed to wins earlier on in the season. I will admit that Mutch, Chung and Bamford have not been good enough but do believe Wickham and McCarthy could become very good signings.

    Furthermore Pardew has not had the money other premier league clubs have spent. Our best signing ,Cabeye, cost 10mil, a club record. The rest of the transfers have not been anywhere near as costly and thus may not have been the same calibre of player.

    In comparison West Ham, who are doing very well this year, spent 10mil on Payet, 10 mil on Ogbonna, 4.5mil on Obiang, 7 mill on Antonio as well as loan fees for Moses and Lanzini and spending 12mil on Valaencia and 15mil on Caroll in recent years. They have faired better over the last few weeks as they have higher quality squad players.

    On the other hand NUFC have spent 8.5mil on Mbemba, 14.5 mil on Wjinaldum, 12 mil on Shelvey, 12mil on Thauvin and 13mil on Mitrovic, despite the significant amount of signings and financial outlay they are in a relegation scrap, so you cannot say a signing would turn things around..

    Signings would be nice but they are no guarentee of success (ManU anyone?). Yes the last few weeks have been bad and we do need a finisher but i would not say this is enough to question Pardew or start thinking we are in massive trouble.

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