CRYSTAL PALACE MANAGER ADMISTS THEY LOST FOCUS

English Premier League side, Crystal; Palace manager, Alan Pardew says his team’s focus was blurred in the crucial Premier League match against Manchester United. The Reds Devils had a two goal romp over the side to put pressure on others in the top four spot.

Alan Pardew said his team were motivated by the chance at a silverware when they take on Watford led by Odion Ighodalo, in the FA cup tie.

An early own goal Damien Delaney  put the team in misery at first, then the effort of Matteo Darmian ensure the hosts close the gap with the top four in the Wednesday encounter.

Alan Pardew said his team were already thinking of the pressure at Wembley without dealing with the task at hand and it affected their focus during the game.

“It’s not the start anyone wants at Old Trafford – to concede after four minutes knocked us a little bit but our focus is slightly blurred as we have the semi-final on Sunday,” Pardew admitted.

“It’s a big game for Manchester united [on Saturday] but it’s much bigger for us as we could win a trophy. My players worked hard and some players got some game-time. The one-bit of key news to come out of tonight is that we’re fit and well for Sunday,” the coach said.

On the other hand, Watford sent a message to Palace with their win. The team has had a poor run of matches soil their brilliant first half of the season. Both teams will trade tackles on Sunday in the crucial FA Cup semi final tie. Continue reading “CRYSTAL PALACE MANAGER ADMISTS THEY LOST FOCUS”

Alan Pardew is ready for the challenges that awaits him

Alan Pardew was able to rescue Crystal Palce from the bottom relegation zone of the Premier League and push them into the top ten spots of the top tier English League, it really doesn’t come as a surprise to see why Alan Pardew was one of the top candidates of being named as the best manager of the Premier League of the past season.

The 53 year old English manager Pardew stated that before he had officially jumped in as the manager of Crystal Palace, he had established talks and meetings with the former coach Tony Pullis and Pullis said that the club had a very good group of players but they still managed to perform beyond his initial expectations.

Crystal Palace’s Alan Pardew told the media: “Tony Pulis is a person I know very well and he had told me they were a tremendous group of players here and are a team of fighters and that is what we need to be at this club. There is tremendous technical talent here, which I think was better than I thought it would be, and I have managed to harness that to use it to the best effect of the club.” Continue reading “Alan Pardew is ready for the challenges that awaits him”

Alan Pardew has dismissed suggestions that he feels quite relieved

Former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has dismissed suggestions that he feels quite relieved to be away from the north-east club and into Crystal Palace. Pardew joined Crystal Palace at the start of 2015 and this has been beneficial to both parties.

The London club were involved in a relegation fight when Pardew came to the club. Since then, they have won several matches and have moved into a position where even a top-10 finish remains a possibility. Pardew was one of the longest serving manager in English football prior to joining Palace. He had been at Newcastle for four years.

During this period, Pardew faced a number of ups and downs. After coming very close to sealing a Champions League spot in the 2011-12 season, the manager faced a lot of criticism from his own supporters on a number of occasions. This was very evident even at the start of the season. Pardew has revealed that his biggest regret will come in the fact that he did not get enough results in the Tyne-Wear derby. Pardew became the first Newcastle manager to lose four consecutive matches against Sunderland. However, the former boss has praised the support received by Newcastle and says that it remains one of the best clubs he has coached. Continue reading “Alan Pardew has dismissed suggestions that he feels quite relieved”