Alan Pardew believes that the outcome of this weekend’s Premier League meeting between Crystal Palace and Southampton could secure a new home for the club’s academy.
Palace, who currently sit in 14th place on 42 points, could finish the season as high as 12th, should both Watford and Everton lose on the final day, whilst defeat for the Eagles, should it coincide with victories for Bournemouth and West Brom, would see us drop to 16th, a dip that would have sizeable financial consequences.
As we’re sure everyone is aware by now, the prize money allocated to teams at the end of every season by the Premier League is dictated solely by a club’s final position in the table, meaning that every place further up the totem pole is worth somewhere around £2 million.
For Pardew and Palace, the search for a new permanent home for the academy will be taken seriously this summer, but with a win on the final day, the budget allocated to finding a suitable residence for our young stars will be boosted instantaneously, leaving the boss in no doubt as to the importance of the fixture.
It may come as something of a surprise to read Pardew’s comments attached above, given that he directly attributes the extra funding towards the academy set-up, but it is certainly an effective way for he and his players to focus their minds on the task at hand, rather than allowing dreams of a Wembley appearance to impact the intensity with which they approach the tie.
We already know that Julian Speroni is set to start in goal at St Mary’s tomorrow, but if Pardew’s words linked at the top of this article are anything to go by, his team selection will not be based on sentiment when going up against Ronald Koeman’s Saints.