Alan Pardew’s struggles to find the winning formula since Christmas have been well documented in the press, but midfielder Jason Puncheon has offered his unequivocal backing to the idea of giving the Eagles’ boss a new contract.
Whilst Puncheon himself has been battling against a loss of form this season, his wonderful curling winner against Norwich City last weekend is being looked upon by many supporters as a potential turning point in what has become a deeply frustrating campaign for everyone associated with the club.
As we prepare to welcome Everton to Selhurst Park tomorrow night ahead of a run that will see us playing four games in just 12 days, the last of which is the FA Cup Semi Final against Watford at Wembley, the desire to cultivate a sense of momentum is an understandable byproduct of the victory over Alex Neil’s relegation threatened Canaries.
The comments attached above from Puncheon represent the first occasion upon which a member of the first-team playing staff has publicly offered their backing to the idea of giving Alan Pardew a new contract, an act that will certainly be seen by many as a highly symbolic gesture after a number of rumours circulating in the national press in recent weeks suggesting that the former Newcastle gaffer had begun to lose the faith of his players.
It will seem like an age ago to many of you now, but the boss has previously spoken about signing a new long-term deal in SE25 as soon as our Premier League safety was mathematically confirmed, but following a winless run which lasted more than three months, the desire to see him put pen to paper is predictably less fervent than before in the minds of the Palace fan-base.
Do you agree with the sentiments expressed by Puncheon above, or should we hold fire on giving Pardew renewed terms over the summer?