English Premiership

Pardew talks up own prowess

2015-04-05 14:00
Alan Pardew (AFP)

London - Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes his talents surpass many of his contemporaries presently in charge of perennial trophy contenders so he told BBC Radio on Sunday.

The 53-year-old -- who has yet to win a major trophy in 17 years of management -- bases his self-belief on how he has steered Palace away from the relegation zone to pretty much ensuring they stay in the elite next season with six wins in 10 matches since he moved to them in January and ended a stormy and unsuccessful spell at Newcastle.

Pardew, who apart from Newcastle has never been in charge of a glamour club that is considered a potential trophy winner, adds, however, he has no wish to move away from Palace and try and prove his statement.

"I look at the top teams and feel I could do that job better than I'm seeing it being done," Pardew told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"But I'm quite happy where I am and if I work in this part of the league for the rest of my career I will be extremely happy.

"I'm really happy here - I don't really want another job.

"In a way the (Palace) board have been lucky because even if I have great success here I won't be looking to jump away."

Pardew can test his words immediately with a home clash against defending Premier League champions Manchester City on Monday -- whose manager Manuel Pellegini is under pressure to retain his post.

City are staring at a trophyless season with only an outside chance of retaining the title as they trail leaders Chelsea by eight points having played a game more ahead of the Palace match.

"Mr Pellegrini's options on the bench will be significantly stronger than my own to try and get a result in the game with 15 minutes to go," said Pardew.

"But it doesn't always work out like that, (as) Burnley proved to Man City (they beat City 1-0), it is about sometimes the team being stronger than the individual and on Monday night we hope that's the case for Crystal Palace."

Newcastle's form oscillated continually under Pardew, with the club finishing 12th, fifth, 16th and 10th in the four Premier League seasons he completed and lying 10th in the table on the day he left.

He earned the nickname 'Alain Pardieu' for his habit of buying French players during his reign.

Of the 27 players signed by Newcastle during Pardew's time at the helm, 13 were French -- a testament to the influence of chief scout Graham Carr, for whom Ligue 1 has proved richly fertile territory.

In October 2013, a sequence of 13 consecutive Gallic goals saw Newcastle establish a new record for the longest run of goals scored by foreign players from one country in the English top flight.

However, he was unable to end their trophy drought and he brought his position into disrepute with his extraordinary headbutting of Hull's David Meyler last season.

 

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