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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has stated that he’s happy with life at Selhurst Park and sees no reason to leave the Eagles at this time.
The 55-year-old Wimbledon native left Newcastle United to take the job at Palace in January 2015, and is enjoying himself as he aims to take the Eagles into Europe. With Sam Allardyce leaving the England job after just 67 days, after being caught talking on how to circumvent FA transfer rules with undercover journalists, Pardew’s name has been brought up as one of the potential candidates, but he sees no reason to leave Palace.
“When people ask me about England … well, if I was still at Newcastle, I’d be pretty keen on that England job,” Pardew told the Guardian. “But, with all this here, I’m left thinking: ‘Why would I really want to leave this club now?’ Obviously I’d like to win trophies, and that’s very difficult even if we did come ever so close last season. But that isn’t the only way to measure success. Success can be a legacy. Maybe I can create one here so that, one day, people look back and say: ‘When Pardew was there that was a great period for the club.’ I remember the chief executive at Southampton after Nicola Cortese thanking me for the platform I left them. That recognition is always nice. That’s like winning a trophy for me.”
After a positive start to the campaign last season, the team dropped off in the second half, and ultimately finished in 15th place.
“Everyone pointed to a contrast between the first and second halves of our season but, while that existed in terms of results, it didn’t in terms of our ability to control games,” Pardew said. “What that run showed me was we couldn’t properly impose control, and the depth of quality wasn’t there to cope with injuries.”
Palace takes on reigning champions Leicester on Saturday at King Power Stadium.