Alan Pardew took part in an extended interview with Gary Lineker on BBC Two last night, offering a impressive insight into life behind the scenes at Crystal Palace.
Whilst no one would argue that Palace have received a far greater deal of media attention since regaining their place in the Premier League in the summer of 2013, it’s very rare to see an unbroken 15 minute slot of prime time TV devoted to the club, particularly on a terrestrial channel.
The interview itself sees Lineker delving into all manner of topics for Pardew on both a personal and professional level, probing him for his views on how his role in SE25 has developed, the emotions he now has when looking back on his tumultuous spell as the manager of Newcastle United and the way in which football has evolved at pace in recent years from the perspective of a manager.
Looked upon by many as a brash and somewhat arrogant character, the aforementioned interview actually catches the Eagles boss in a thoughtful and level headed mood, readily offering comment to Lineker’s probing questions without straying into the realms of self-promotion.
Having become something of a pantomie figure during his time with Newcastle following a string of unsavoury touchline incidents, his latest appearance on our screens finds him in a far more mellow mood; a shift which seems to point towards a sense of maturity and acceptance in the mind of the so often fiery former midfielder.
We’ve all seen and heard plenty from Pardew during his near two year stint in the Crystal Palace hotseat but the above interview offers something markedly different from his usual pre and post-match appearances in front of the cameras. Given the chance to speak more candidly than usual, the boss seems more than happy to let Lineker and by extension you as the viewer into his genuine thoughts on the path both he and the club are to set to walk down as the season progresses.
It’s well worth a few minutes of your time.