Crystal Palace are set to re-open negotiations with Alan Pardew over a new long-term contract at Selhurst Park in the coming days.
Despite a rocky patch of form in recent weeks, the overall trend for both Pardew and Palace has been extremely positive since he arrived at the very start of 2015. Having guided us to a top half finish last season, the aim is to better that this term, with the security of a newly penned contract behind him.
Whilst the January transfer window has brought only one arrival in the shape of Emmanuel Adebayor, there is no doubt that the full throttle atmosphere it creates will have impacted upon the discussions taking place between Alan and the board, which now, as we enter the final few months of the season, can happily recommence.
With talk of the England job having swirled around Pardew in the months leading up to this, it remains a completely sensible move on the club’s part, to attempt to tie the boss down for four or five more years, whilst the recent dip in results is likely to have made the gaffer even more open than he previously was, to committing his future to the football club.
Given the free and easy nature Pardew supposedly has with Steve Parish and his fellow directors, you wouldn’t think the discussions would be too arduous, but as is often the case in the world of professional football, there remains a degree of mystery over why certain things take so much longer than others.
Watch this space.