Patrick van Aanholt has become a fan-favourite at Selhurst Park since the arrival of Roy Hodgson but when speaking in an interview recently, he revealed that his hatred of David Moyes left him doing whatever he could to force a move away from Sunderland to join Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace.
The former Chelsea defender spent two and a half years on the books at The Stadium of Light, making 95 appearances and scoring eight goals but it seems that the latter stages of his stint in the North East were impacted massively by his relationship with then boss David Moyes, who the Dutchman openly admits to disliking. Quite what the Scotsman did to rub Pat up the wrong way is left out of the interview but clearly, the pair never did see eye to eye, allowing Allardyce to pounce when the opportunity arose for him to make the switch to SE25.
After an initially patchy start to life in south London, Van Aanholt has flourished into a first-team regular, nailing down the first-choice left-back’s slot under current gaffer Roy Hodgson. You wouldn’t necessarily assume that a flamboyant young Dutchman would click particularly well with the 71-year-old former England boss but clearly, on a base level, the pair have a genuine respect for one another.
Despite Palace having employed a large number of the names who usually reside on the British manager merry-go-round, we as a football club have never had the “pleasure” of working with David Moyes. Given the treatment Wilfried Zaha received under his stewardship at Manchester United and this most recent testimony from Patrick, I think it’s safe to say that Davie won’t be heading any managerial short-lists drawn up Steve Parish in the near of distant future.