Alan Pardew has been making some ‘interesting’ comments as he massages the egos of his new squad of players.
The former Newcastle manager when praising the professionalism of the Crystal Palace players, has expressed surprise he hasn’t had to fine anybody even once this week.
“There is a fantastic set of professionals here (Crystal Palace) – I haven’t had one fine this week and I am finding that very unusual, as a Newcastle manager we used to fine players every 42 minutes.
“I am not being disrespectful to Newcastle players, it is just a different set-up.”
Exactly what he used to fine the United players for is unclear…
Crossing the halfway line?
Wingers going more than ten yards further forward than their full-back?
Passing the ball forward?
Pardew has also seemingly discovered a new found football philosophy, claiming that he wants to ‘free’ his team up and insisting you ‘have to have a few maverick players’, what like Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux…
“I just want to free this team up a little bit and if we do that then we could play like we did in the last twenty minutes.
“You can’t win Premier League games if you are too disciplined – you have to take chances – take risks.
“You have to have a few maverick players, the player (Zaha) that I brought on in the second half, that is what the team needs.”