When Crystal Palace sacked Neil Warnock, the stand out candidate to replace him was Alan Pardew. The former Palace midfielder was a popular choice at Selhurst Park due to the fact that Pardew played for the Eagles from 1987-1991. As well as being a former player, Pardew is a good addition for Palace in terms of his managerial ability.
Before he left Newcastle, he was the second-longest serving Premier League manager behind Arsene Wenger. Although he wasn’t adored on Tyneside, he kept Newcastle United in the Premier League and led them to a 5th place finish in 2011-12, winning the Manager of the Year award that season as well.
What he will bring to Palace is Premier League experience. Although Warnock had an understanding of managing in English football’s top flight, his ability to keep teams away from the relegation zone was poor. Palace is a club that will suit Pardew as he will look to build them into a team more than capable of staying in the Premier League. In fact, if he is backed financially, he will improve the overall quality of the team.
For example, at Newcastle he managed to buy players such as Demba Ba, Pappis Cisse and Yohan Cabaye for a fraction of what they are worth nowadays. Two of those players exited St James’ Park whilst Pardew was manager. If Newcastle kept hold of their star players, Pardew was more than capable of taking the club from strength to strength.
There was a sense that Pardew didn’t have full control over proceedings at Newcastle. The introduction of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football cast a shadow over Pardew’s reign and Mike Ashley’s ownership of the club has proved to be very unpopular since he took over the club in 2007.
Hopefully, Pardew will be given the freedom to conduct team affairs and transfers his own way at Crystal Palace. An important key to immediate success depends on just how well Pardew does in the January transfer window. Rumours suggest that Pardew has about £20 million to spend on new additions this month and there is no doubt that the team can be improved with this sort of investment. If Pardew manages to capture a goalscorer, Crystal Palace may find themselves climbing up the Premier League table.
Another factor determining Pardew’s success as Palace manager will be stability. If Steve Parish believes that Pardew is the right man to lead Crystal Palace forward, you would expect him to be given a lot of time to make the squad his own. Pardew made sure Newcastle remained a Premier League club in his time there and a similar task is required of him at Selhurst Park.
Hopefully, Pardew will be allowed to make a real impression on the South-London club. He has the potential to really lead the club forward which is something he may have struggled to pursue at Newcastle United.