Sam Allardyce has opened up about the secret methods he and his coaching staff employed to raise the fitness levels of Crystal Palace’s players when he took over from Alan Pardew.
The general lack of fitness across the group was noted time and again by supporters throughout Alan Pardew’s tenure at Selhurst Park but until now, no one had been given actual proof to back up their assumptions. Whilst Allardyce doesn’t mention the former Eagles boss by name, it’s clear from the comments given in the above piece, that he felt the players were in need of a far stricter training regime when he first took charge in SE25.
Together with the likes of Sammy Lee and Martyn Margetson, it’s fair to say that the former England boss has transformed the club’s fortunes in the space of just a few months. Although a team’s results will always be the ultimate litmus test for the success of failure of a manager, the increase in professionalism, tactical cohesion and fitness has been noted by every regular watcher of the team, which is testmanent to the work that is being done behind the scenes.
Now, with six games left to play in the Premier League calendar, Big Sam and his players arguably need just one more victory to secure their place in the division for another year, which will in turn allow the boss to further improve upon the squad he’s already got in the hope of enjoying a far less stressful campaign in 2017-18.
His methods may seem obvious to any impartial onlooker but having lurched from one disaster to another during the final few months of Alan Pardew’s stint as Palace gaffer, Allardyce’s influence really has been a gift from the heavens.