VIDEO: Keown Criticises Pardew’s Self-Indulgent Style Of Man Management

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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. 

This video sees Keown raising a series of pertinent questions when looking into Pardew’s man management at Palace. 

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. 

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  • Ben November 30, 2016 - 7:56 am Reply

    But what is the man management problem? Is it that players are being dropped but then what is he meant to do if they are out of form? I know there was a bit of upset when Connor Wickham arrived and was being paid a lot more than the rest of the squad at that time but that’s now history. Interesting to see in the press about the Pulis rip off that there was a “heated meeting” with the players around bonuses but again that history. So what is the problem right now. What’s caused players like Benteke and Cabaye to lose form albeit that Cabaye seems to have improved over the last couple of games. As we all know managing a squad of young men all with high ambitions is difficult but 19 other premier league teams seem to be doing it ok. Everyone agrees we have the players to be doing a lot better than we are. Other teams around us don’t have that luxury. So what is it that is stopping our players performing to their potential. I guess if I knew , Steve Parrish would have been on the blower!!!

    • admin November 30, 2016 - 8:01 am Reply

      It’s a multi-layered problem, the specific workings of which I dare say the likes of you and I will never be informed of, Ben.

      For me, there is now an obvious gulf between the true grafters and the ones who don’t have the club at heart. Writing the piece on Ambrose’s Old Trafford goal (live on HLTCO now) I realised how much I miss the characters from our squad in those days.

      They may not have had the quality that we do now but they had a collective spirit that overcame so much.

  • waltermarriott November 30, 2016 - 9:19 am Reply

    There is no doubt teh problem has been in the defence since last xmas, winning 5 games in the leauge says it all, and 2 of the 5 we have won were against stoke, this would speak louder than the volumes asked. Alan pardew says he is not worried, well he needs to take a long hard look at the leuge table and see the postin we are in, and we all know this dosent lie. personally we should get sam allerdyce in as he would sort out the defence. ask your self this. we had the same defence under tony pulis and we kept a good amount of clean sheets, this should tell you it is down right nows situation to bad coaching.

    • admin November 30, 2016 - 9:50 am Reply

      I can’t help but agree, Walter.

  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh November 30, 2016 - 11:57 am Reply

    Agree with Walter, a lot of the personnel are the same so why can’t we transition to decent football without losing our steel, a la Stoke under Hughes. In my mind there can be no qualms about dropping players when they dont win/play well. How is he supposed to find a winning formula if he can’t rotate the team?

    One of Pards main problems is that he surrounds himself with yesmen and old mates. Looking at our coaching team their aren’t any their who seem like they have tactical or coaching acumen. They just seem to be the sort who will nod and try to banter the lads during training (is Andy Woodman secretly David Dodds in Mike Bassett? Keith Millen could easily be Urquart), This has not helped Pards ego and i think he needs a no2 who will actually offer something different.

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