Mile Jedinak’s summer departure from Crystal Palace caused relative uproar amongst the Eagles’ fan-base, and now, with the dust having settled slightly on his move to Aston Villa, the much-loved Aussie has spoken openly about the emotions he felt when leaving Selhurst Park behind.
Whilst the circumstances surrounding the former club captain’s sudden departure from SE25 are unlikely to ever be fully unraveled, many supporters were aware of a rather strained relationship between the midfielder and his manager Alan Pardew in the final few weeks of his stint with us.
Although many of the managers who preceded him in the Palace dugout looked towards Mile as an extension of their authority of the pitch, there never appeared to be a great deal of warmth shown towards Jedinak from the current gaffer, with many jumping to the conclusion that Pardew felt a tad threatened by the power Mile had within the squad after more than five years of service in red and blue.
Any murmurings over a general sense of distrust between Pardew and Jedinak were given extra ammunition midway through the pre-season campaign just gone, when the boss decided to strip Mile of the captain’s armband in favour of central defensive regular Scott Dann. The move was painted as nothing more than a decision of logic over politics, but Mile’s subsequent rapid departure only served to add fuel to the figurative fire that had been burning from the moment Pardew had arrived at the start of 2015.
Whatever stance you choose to take over the supposed bad blood between Jedinak and his former manager, the words expressed in the article above prove beyond any doubt that Mile holds a special place in his heart for Crystal Palace FC. He may go on to do great things at Villa Park, but no one should be in any doubt over where his true affections lie.
He’ll be missed.