Alan Pardew has been in charge at Crystal Palace for 18 months now, helping to build a solid platform upon which to rest the Eagles’ Premier League status, but is he worth the money we’re paying him?
It is no secret that Steve Parish and his fellow directors pushed the boat out in a big way when they first lured the former Palace midfielder away from his role at Newcastle at the end of 2014, but there has always been something of a sense of mystery over exactly how much we are paying the 54-year-old to steer the ship in SE25.
With talk of a new contract for the current boss having gone oddly quiet since the 2015/16 Premier League campaign came to a close, we can only assume that he hasn’t had a pay bump in the weeks that have passed since Palace’s agonising FA Cup Final defeat at Wembley, giving us a a solid foundation with which to place his annual earnings alongside his managerial counterparts.
Thanks to the arrival of both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola at Manchester United and Manchester City respectively over the summer, the money being thrown at top flight managers is now at an all-time high, which, given the stress they are under to deliver from both the stands and the boardroom each week, is nothing more than an inevitable byproduct of a market that is relentlessly driven by short-term success.
As a club who are more than happy to admit that we are still adjusting our annual budgets gradually to suit the Premier League after years of financial strife, Pardew’s overall place in the division’s managerial money list will no doubt surprise a fair few of you, particularly when you consider the fanfare that greeted his arrival back “home” in South London after a turbulent few years in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the North East.
Are you happy to see Pardew taking home what he does from the Palace coffers each week? It is undoubtedly a question which will split opinion throughout our fanbase.