Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew Is Confirmed As Crystal Palace Manager

Alan Pardew was appointed as Crystal Palace manager on Saturday on a three and a half year deal.

Alan Pardew was appointed as Crystal Palace manager on Saturday on a three and a half year deal.

Former Charlton, West Ham, Southampton, Reading and Newcastle manager has been unveiled as the new manager of premier league strugglers Crystal Palace. The 53 year old Pardew has signed a three and a half year deal to join the South London club.

Palace are currently struggling in 18th position, The Eagles will be hoping for another ‘inspired appointment’ after last year appointing Tony Pulis when in a similarly dire situation ended up finishing in mid table.

Pardew does boast plenty of premier league experience after having spells in charge at West Ham and most recently Newcastle. It’s widely believed that Pardew’s lack of popularity lead the 53 year old to decide that his future is away from St James’ Park.

The former Newcastle manager is from South London and did also play for The Eagles of course from 1987-1991, so Pardew understandably is seen as somewhat of a hero in South London after scoring in the 1990 semi final win over Liverpool, which must be another reason for Pardew’s decision.

The true reasons for leaving Newcastle only Pardew will really know – but one thing is for certain is that the 53 year old Alan Pardew does have a difficult task on his hands. The former Newcastle manager has inherited a side that has been struggling for goals this year, captain Mile Jedinak (who is a midfielder) tops their goal scoring charts with five – and three have been from the penalty spot.

The new Crystal Palace manager does have some talented players at his disposal such as Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon. The new manager will be hoping to boost the confidence of Wilfried Zaha who has struggled since coming back to Palace on loan from Manchester United.

Despite the criticism Alan Pardew got at Newcastle (which was completely unjustified in my humble opinion) the 53 year old still did a good job at St James’ Park in difficult financial circumstances. The challenge at Selhurst Park is different however, where as at Newcastle he was never truly appreciated by fans despite having a top five finish in his first full season.

Key players were sold in Pardew’s time at Newcastle such as Yohan Cabaye. Alan Pardew will be hoping such a thing doesn’t happen at Crystal Palace otherwise this fairytale appointment could end up into a nightmare – Pardew and Palace will be keen to avoid that.

Tony Pulis Confirmed As West Brom Head Coach

Former Stoke boss has been appointed the new head coach at West Brom.

Former Stoke boss has been appointed the new head coach at West Brom.

Former Stoke, Plymouth, Gillingham and Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has been appointed as the new manager at premier league strugglers West Brom. The Midlands club had been looking at for a new manager since parting company with Alan Irvine.

The Scot Alan Irvine had endured a very difficult start to life at the Hawthorns as the Baggies are currently hovering just above the relegation places. West Brom are looking to stay in the premier league for the sixth consecutive year after being labelled a ‘yo-yo club in the past, with this in mind this is probably what forced West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace into deciding to replace Alan Irvine with Tony Pulis. The move for Pulis is a logical choice by West Brom due to the fact that the Welshman has never suffered a relegation in a very proud managerial career.

One of the first tasks for West Brom’s new coach is to keep hold of star striker Saido Berahino. The England under 21 striker who is the leading scorer for the Baggies is attracting bids of around £23.5 million from Liverpool and Tottenham respectively. If Berahino does stay, which Baggies fans would be praying for then Tony Pulis will need to nurture the Albion youth product after Saido Berahino was charged with drink driving recently.

The challenge at West Brom for Pulis will be difficult – but not impossible, it was only last year that the 56 year old brilliantly lead Crystal Place to mid table safety after the Eagles looked odds on favourites for the drop. Pulis’ appointment means that West Brom have hired their fourth manager with in a year – such is the margin for error at the Hawthorns.

Having said that though, if there is anyone who could change the situation at West Brom, it would be Tony Pulis who has been famed for saving teams in dire need through out his career. Pulis’ contract is for two and half years – but West Brom have to be careful because if Tony Pulis isn’t happy about activities behind the scenes or any interference with first team affairs he isn’t afraid to walk, just ask Crystal Palace.