The last few months have been a testing time for everyone associated with Crystal Palace FC, but with an FA Cup Final on the horizon, people everywhere are wondering if we have what it takes to upset the odds and beat Louis Van Gaal’s Reds.
Key to any success we may have will be the approach of manager Alan Pardew, who has seen his usual bullish and self-assured approach to management halted in its tracks as a consequence of our recent woes. In what is a remarkably well written analysis of the club’s current predicament, the above piece picks apart the Pardew approach, levelling both praise and criticism where necessary as a method of assessing our chances of toppling United on the day.
Much has been written in the press about the current Palace gaffer; a great deal of which has dealt with the strained relationship he endured with Newcastle fans on Tyneside, not to mention the run-ins he’s had with the FA are breaches of protocol on the touchline, but the piece attached above does a fantastic job of clearing the fog that can often engulf any opinion of the Eagles supremo.
Whilst the arrogance and bravado that flows from Pardew when he’s on top form is often used as a stick with which to beat him, there is a suggestion that those exact characteristics are the pivotal factor in him dragging results from his players when their backs are against the wall. The consequence of this is an inevitable split of opinion which sees him take on the role of managerial Marmite in the minds of football fans across the country, but when he’s at his best, it’s clear that he would care very little about the gripes of his detractors.
Not commissioned by any of the big media organisations, the above article is, as far as I’m aware, a completely independent piece of writing, which only serves to make the depth into which it delves more impressive. As an analysis of Pardew as a man and a manager, it serves as an extremely solid accompaniment to anyone weighing up our chances of success at Wembley in May.
Give it a read, it won’t disappoint.