Regardlesss of the position you find yourself occupying in the debate over Alan Pardew’s immediate future at Crystal Palace FC, the piece of writing attached below is well worth a few minutes of your time.
The writer attached to the above feature is Daniel Storey, a man who has penned plenty of thought provoking pieces for Football365 in recent years, as you can see by the “Portrait Of An Icon” series he has gradually been putting together here.
Given his obvious love for the written word, it should come as no surprise to see that he has summarised the sadness and confusion surrounding the last 12 months of Alan Pardew’s Selhurst reign with such authority. This is far from a hatchet job, there is no emotion expressed in Storey’s sentiments and for that, it’s all the better.
For those in the North East, Palace’s recent struggles are looked upon as vindication for the indignation that they so publicly expressed towards Pardew in the months leading up to his eventual departure. Indeed, articles like the one referenced above also tend to provoke chuckles from certain sections of the Toon Army, given the scepticism the media often displayed when discussing the strained relationship Pardew endured with the Magpies’ faithful.
With the Premier League now heading into an enforced two week break thanks to a bevy of international fixtures, Pardew and his players have the unenviable task of facing Guardiola’s Manchester City next, followed by what is now an absolutely huge test away to Swansea the week after.
Whilst no game against Pep and co. should be looked upon as a fair indication of a team’s top flight credentials, our trip to Wales a week later offers the perfect litmus test for Pardew’s long-term job prospects. As the above feature explains with far more authority than I ever could, patience is a luxury, not a right.