Martin Keown hasn’t often been looked upon as a man with his finger on the pulse of the Palace faithful but in a recent appearance on BBC’s MOTD2 Extra, the former Arsenal man spoke a huge amount of sense.
Whether or not you remain convinced that Alan Pardew is the man to take the club forward, few if any will be able to question the sentiments being expressed by Keown in the clip attached above. At a time when thousands of us are searching desperately for an explanation as to why we’ve suffered six straight Premier League defeats, the former Arsenal man may just have hit the nail squarely on the head.
Any questions that were previously being asked of Pardew’s continued suitability to the role of Palace boss prior to last weekend are now being expressed a great deal more loudly as a consequence of the team’s shambolic collapse in Swansea. It was the sort of display that would set alarm bells ringing in any fan-base but with the patience of many already wearing thin prior to kick-off, the ludicrous scenes that ensued during stoppage time represented the final straw for “Super Al” in the minds of numerous baffled supporters.
To dissect exactly what Keown suggests in the video above would be to lessen the impact of his words on those of you who are yet to see them. That being said, in an era when a huge number of TV pundits choose to sit squarely on the fence, it’s incredibly refreshing to see someone with Keown’s profile using the platform he has been afforded to offer some genuine, thought provoking analysis of our club’s current struggles.
If only every Match Of The Day pundit followed Martin’s lead; the world would be a better place.