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Thursday 22 March 2018

Alan Pardew revelling in Crystal Palace role

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew does not believe he could have enjoyed a better 12 months in charge of Crystal Palace.

Pardew, the former Newcastle boss, is closing in on his one-year managerial anniversary at Selhurst Park after he was unveiled by chairman Steve Parish on January 2.

On his arrival, Palace looked destined for relegation, but Pardew guided them to an impressive 10th in the table.

They have since landed the marque signing of Yohan Cabaye from Paris St Germain, and with 16 games of the current campaign gone, they are just three points away from a top-four spot.

"I don't think it could have gone much better really," said Pardew reflecting on his period in charge. "I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I've enjoyed working with Steve Parish in particular.

"It's given me more power in the transfer market to try to build the team around the vision that I have and I hope that continues.

"We just want to really push on in this second half of the season and if we can match the first half, I would be delighted."

Palace head into their Barclays Premier League clash at Stoke on Saturday with the imminent investment of £100million from American businessmen Joshua Harris and David Blitzer who are set to purchase a controlling stake in the club.

The deal will see the duo, who already own the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL's New Jersey Devils, hold an equal 18 per cent share in Palace with Parish, who will remain as chairman.

But Pardew does not expect to be splashing the cash on new players when the transfer window re-opens next month.

"I don't see too much investment in January," Pardew said. "I am quite happy with the squad. I think we probably have a little surplus that might need trimming and we have got one or two that might go out on loan or we might move on.

"Maybe we would look at bringing in a body depending on who we lost, but we certainly don't want to lose any of our key players because our key players are really driving the club forward."

The arrival of Harris and Blitzer will also usher in the redevelopment of Selhurst Park with plans to increase the stadium's capacity to 40,000.

Pardew added: "I have to understand that the stadium is an important part of this investment and I get that. But I don't think it's going to impact too much on the transfer kitty I was going to get if the stadium or the investment wasn't there.

"I think we're pretty much on the same lines as we were. We've obviously brought in Yohan Cabaye this year and Bakary Sakho, to great expense.

"I'm sure we can do the same next year. If you're canny in the market you can create a team that is competitive in the Premier League at the top level."

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