Alan Pardew’s noticeably buoyant pre-Everton press conference can now be watched in full, via the link attached below.
The manager’s obvious happiness is an understandable consequence of the team having secured an absolutely massive victory over Norwich City on Saturday afternoon; a result which allows both he and the squad to turn their attentions to looking up the table, rather than over their shoulders, as they have done of late.
The gaffer discusses the possibility of signing a new deal to stay at the club, after he had previously stated that he would be doing so once our place in the Premier League was mathematically guaranteed. There is an interesting note of caution to his comments on the subject, which offer an intriguing contrast to the bullish nature of his statement a few weeks ago.
There is talk of the challenges Everton will pose us, before the boss goes on to heap praise at the feet of our supporters, after the raucous atmosphere we created for the visit of Alex Neil’s Canaries last Saturday. Whilst every manager will speak kindly of his club’s fans, Pardew’s sentiments do always appear to be completely heartfelt.
The fitness of Wickham and Adebayor has been a talking point for all of us over the last few weeks, with Pardew now offering an update on both strikers, before offering a dramatic update on the potential return date of James McArthur, who has been suffering from a long-term injury in recent months.
Dwight Gayle’s future is then discussed, with Pardew seemingly having undergone a shift of opinion over the role the frontman can play in Palace’s first-team squad in recent weeks. Following back-to-back appearances for Dwight, it looks as though he’s about to put pen to paper on a new long-term deal.
Pardew is asked for his thoughts on Leicester City’s success this season, before being quizzed over whether or not Palace can emulate the Foxes next season and if so, how they are most likely to manage it. Desperate to not fall into the trap of trying to copy one football club’s model in an attempt to replicate their style of play, Pardew’s answer places an emphasis on what we must tweak in-house to reach our goals.
More so than in recent weeks, the boss is happy to discuss and expand on his answers in this week’s press conference, an expected consequence of the relief he’s feeling at having secured that elusive victory, but even so, it does make for a more engaging watch from the perspective of a supporter than we have been used to of late.
The full video lasts a little over 11 minutes and is certainly worth watching as we build up towards tonight’s clash with the Toffees.