Pardew’s Expecting A Love-In With Palace’s Fans At Today’s Game

0 Posted by - December 2, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

Alan Pardew is adamant that there will be no bad blood between him and Crystal Palace during today’s game between the Eagles and West Brom.

The new Baggies boss was sacked by the south London outfit after amassing the worst record of any English league side in 2016 but will return to football full of his trademark self-confidence in the hope of provoking an immediate reaction from his players at The Hawthorns.

Whilst Palace’s form was truly dreadful during the last 12 months of Pardew’s reign, I don’t think he’s too far wide of the mark when suggesting that a fair few of players still feel a degree of fondness towards him. Indeed, earlier this week, Wilfried Zaha told the Croydon Advertiser about the ways in which his former gaffer improved him as a player, sounding as though he was truly grateful for his influence on his mental approach.

Pardew will of course look back on the run which saw us reach an FA Cup Final under his guidance as a high-point but for supporters, the sight of him suggesting that he deserved more time to turn things around at Selhurst Park was always going to grate a little.

Alongside our dismal run of results was a style of play that appeared to place little to no importance on the defensive side of the game, culminating in contests which saw us throw away a 4-3 lead at Swansea in injury time to lose 5-4 and concede three goals in calamitous fashion when travelling to face a Hull City side who we subsequently beat 4-0 to secure our Premier League status later in the season.

I have no doubt that Alan’s arrival in the Midlands will put an immediate spring in the step of his players but as fans of Palace, Newcastle, West Ham and Charlton know, it’s what comes after a year or so with him at the helm which should give them pause for thought.

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  • Ben December 2, 2017 - 8:55 am Reply

    I really wonder what it is with Pardew’s management that creates these huge peaks when he takes over a club to the deep troughs of losses after a year or so. It’s happened to him at 3 clubs so you would think he must know what it is. As mentioned above, the players still listen to him so what is it? Is it that opposition managers work him out? I don’t think so because of th length of the initial winning streaks he has. I really wonder whether he just gets bored after a while at the same club. any suggestions?

    • admin December 2, 2017 - 9:26 am Reply

      For me, it’s a gradual drip down effect of not paying much attention to the defensive side of training. We all knew we were capable of scoring plenty under him but week after week we were shocking at the back, which only got worse as time went on. The 5-4 at Swansea was the peak of that, it was reminiscent of the games you’d play on the school playground. Fun to watch for the neutral but unlikely to keep you employed for years.

  • Spiceboy December 2, 2017 - 9:15 am Reply

    After watching him as a palace player (one of the worst I have ever seen) I then watched him progress into an egotistical maniac who loves himself more than any other club. Maybe there’s your answer Ben 👍 I won’t be cheering him today or that money grabbing lying prick Big Sam when we meet Everton

    • admin December 2, 2017 - 9:27 am Reply

      Haha! That’s genuinely made me laugh Spiceboy. Well in.

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