After 54 years on earth, Alan Pardew has for the first time admitted to questioning himself about his football management.
After nine games without a Premier League win, Crystal Palace have dropped from fifth to thirteenth im the table, with home defeats to Watford and Bournemouth allegedly being his tipping point.
Palace play away at Tottenham on Sunday and in this latest interview Pardew declared that ‘If you’re not involved in a relegation battle, the FA Cup is the priority’.
A shame he didn’t practice that at Newcastle…
When talking about taking on Adebayor, Alan Pardew also repeats his claim that he has ‘never been frightened of big characters’, despite what we all saw with his treatment of Hatem Ben Arfa, preferring to play the likes of Gouffran and Obertan ahead of Hatem. Pardew adding that ‘We shouldn’t shy away from personality’…
In only 13 months at Palace, Pardew has already won far more FA Cup matches than he won in over four years at Newcastle, you can just imagine him fluking it all the way this time.
Alan Pardew speaking to the Evening Standard:
“Even me, at 54, during this run, I have been questioning myself. The last two defeats by Bournemouth and Watford really hurt me.
“Did I pick the wrong team? Did I set them up badly? It’s only natural. If you weren’t like that you would never improve.
“The same kind of questions will be there for Ade(bayor) after eight months without playing. I know players. Although he is an outwardly confident person, they still need a goal or a performance to lift them and remind them they can still do it.
“He will have all that going on and questions about his fitness. So far, he looks like he is answering most of them.
“I have never been frightened of big characters, they can be massive for clubs. We shouldn’t shy away from personality.
“I have made no bones about it. If you’re not involved in a relegation battle, the FA Cup is the priority. That’s become blurred for us because our form has put us a bit on the edge but that won’t take away our focus.
“The FA Cup is right at the top of our agenda along with staying in the Premier League.”