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Thursday 27 October 2016

Alan Pardew lashes out at former Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock

Published 07/01/2016 | 16:41

Alan Pardew, pictured, does not appear to be a fan of former Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock
Alan Pardew, pictured, does not appear to be a fan of former Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew hit back at Neil Warnock after the former Eagles manager said he thought Charlie Austin would be a good fit at Selhurst Park.

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Pardew took exception to Warnock's comments to talkSPORT earlier in the week and responded in kind at a press conference ahead of Palace's FA Cup game at Southampton on Saturday, where he also claimed he he was not looking to sign the QPR striker.

"Neil Warnock was the manager here and he didn't do very well so I am not really interested in his opinion," said Pardew.

"Charlie Austin is of no interest to us."

Pardew also criticised the transfer rumours circulating the club, saying there was no truth in the any of the names, including Emmanuel Adebayor, that have been linked with a move to Palace in January.

He said: "In this media-savvy world that the managers have to be in now, you have to know exactly what is being said and what is going around and I have seen all the players that have been linked with us and not one of those is true.

"Somebody is giving out false information. We are looking at one or two choices but the names that have been linked with us, it is not them.

"You are always having to make progress. We all know the prize in May of staying in the Premier League.

"There is a little less pressure on us but that doesn't mean we are not in the game and we are determined to make sure there is business there if it is right for us."

Crystal Palace have suffered with injuries this season but Pardew believes they are over the worst of it with Bakary Sako available for this weekend and Dwight Gayle and Connor Wickham looking to be fit in time to face Aston Villa on Tuesday.

He added: "We had a little period at the start of the season which made us address some issues in the medical team.

"I have been much more comfortable during this injury crisis that our medical team have been spot on.

"I like to think when these guys come back they won't break down. You can never say never but I feel a little bit more confident.

"(Gayle) is coming back to fitness which is very important. Him and Connor Wickham have been making great progress and we believe they will be back against Villa.

"Sako is definitely available for this one on Saturday so really good news going forward.

"He is important because he can get a goal out of nothing which is something which is obviously at the top of my agenda at the moment, scoring goals so he gives me a weapon which I haven't had for five or six games."

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