Newcastle fans could not wait to get rid of Alan Pardew earlier this season, and were viciously calling for his sacking.
Little did they know, they were doing Alan Pardew a favour. He had become stalemate during his final weeks at St. James’s Park, but Crystal Palace saw his worth and, since arriving at Selhurst Park, he has recorded some big wins for the Eagles.
Alan Pardew was announced as Crystal Palace’s manager back at the start of January. Since then, he has lead his side to victories over the likes of Sunderland – thanks to a superb Yannick Bolasie hat-trick – West Ham and, most importantly, champions Manchester City.
Of the last possible 21 points on offer, Crystal Palace have bagged themselves a staggering 15, winning five games and losing just two. Considering they did not record a single win in December, this is an immense turn around, and the Eagles now find themselves in 11th place and well clear of the bottom three.
It has to be said, much of this is down to the appointment of Alan Pardew. Things may have turned sour for him at Newcastle United – and things aren’t much better at St. James’ Park since he left – but he did bring them European football back in 2012. He was also awarded the Manager of the Year award, and Newcastle rewarded him with an eight year extension.
Now he’s doing wonders at Selhurst Park, pushing his side further and further up the table. He has turned the Eagles around, and they could still end up finishing in the top half of the table. At the end of 2014, Crystal Palace had been sitting in the relegation zone. His former Newcastle side, on the other hand, now trail Crystal Palace by seven points.
Pardew for Manager of the Year again? Never say never, but he will have some strong competition from the likes of Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ronald Koeman.
Even if Pardew cannot receive the accolade – as his best work has only been done within the second half of the season – the way he has revived Crystal Palace cannot be ignored.
They could have ended up playing Championship football by August, now they have Premier League football all but secured for a third successive campaign.