Alan Pardew is well known for being a man who looks to accentuate the positives when speaking to the press, but yesterday, to his credit, he admitted that things need to change at Palace in the coming weeks.
Gone was the jovial, upbeat man we have all grown so accustomed to seeing in press conferences, replaced by a character who has clearly had enough of losing out to the teams that are occupying the bottom few places in the Premier League.
Whilst Palace’s dreadful form in 2016 hasn’t seen them drop into the bottom three yet, Pardew’s tone in the interview above is one of alarm and urgency, which after a spell of shocking results, gives a sense of reassurance to supporters that the penny may finally have dropped at every level of the club’s hierarchy.
Injuries have of course played a part, but it is far too easy to point solely towards them as the overriding reason for our slump, when there are in fact a multitude of factors that have contributed towards it. Until now, there has unquestionably been a reluctance from Pardew and his coaching staff to address that, but finally, when speaking to the media on Monday afternoon, the gaffer appeared ready to admit that things need to drastically improve from the moment we step over the white line in the North East this evening.
The boss’ usual brand of jovial comments to the press are all well and good when things are flowing well, but we as supporters have needed to see a change in attitude similar to this for a number of weeks. Now that he has laid his cards out on the table in a metaphorical sense, it is up to the players to replicate his desire for an improvement when the game kicks off in a few hours time.
It’s great to see the manager refusing to pull any punches, both in relation to the players and himself in the build-up to this game. Let’s hope his team talk will fall along similar guidelines in the moments leading up to this evening’s clash.