Alan Pardew looked as downbeat as he has during his 14 months as Crystal Palace boss when speaking to Chris Grierson in the aftermath of yesterday’s loss to Leicester.
Despite the team’s fine run of results in the FA Cup, Pardew has now presided over a run of 13 Premier League games without a victory, leaving even the most positive of Palace fans feeling jittery over what the next few weeks have in store for us.
Regardless of his status as something of a cult hero in SE25, yesterdays result looks to have been the first occasion upon which Pardew’s mood shifted from one of defiant positivity to genuine concern for his role as Crystal Palace manager. It is no longer a case of looking on the bright side, people are mightily concerned and rightly so.
It had been a week which Pardew described as one of his best since taking up the role, thanks to the team’s safe passage into the FA Cup semi-finals following last Friday’s victory over Reading, but after an energy sapping loss to the Foxes, both he and the supporters are being forced to look over their shoulders.
We’re all well versed in Pardew’s usual demeanour when it comes to dealing with the media. Almost always upbeat and borderline cheeky, he is a polarising character at the best of times, but as you can see in the interview above, his mood has darkened rapidly as a consequence of our latest defeat.
He may not have felt close to losing his job a few weeks ago, but as this dismal spell continues, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to suggest that we as supporters have complete faith in him.