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Monday 22 January 2018

Pardew sets Palace top-10 target

Alan Pardew wants Crystal Palace to aim high next season
Alan Pardew wants Crystal Palace to aim high next season

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes "three or four" signings this summer can propel the Eagles into the Barclays Premier League top 10 next season.

Pardew took charge at Selhurst Park in January and has transformed the team's fortunes, leading them 11 points clear of the relegation places with eight games left to play.

Palace's future off the pitch also looks secure with the club releasing record figures on Thursday showing a £90.4million turnover for the year ending June 2014.

"We're starting to look at next season and what it suggests is the club is on a great financial footing," Pardew said.

"We're trying to improve not just the football team but the facilities at the stadium and the training ground.

"We've got a good base of players here.

Three of four additions to the group we have in the summer and we could be a strong candidate for the top 10.

"We need to recruit well, it's the key in the Premier League to progress."

The Eagles host Manchester City on Monday, with the champions looking to close a six-point gap on league leaders Chelsea, who also have a game in hand.

Manuel Pellegrini's side have struggled to replicate the form that won them the title last season but Pardew rejects the suggestion City are a team in decline.

"They have fantastic players," he said.

"When you're talking about the level they play at, the difference sometimes between winning and losing is marginal.

"The margins perhaps haven't fallen their way as much as they did the year before.

"It's a mistake to say this is a team in decline, I don think it is.

"It's a team that will grow because they have incredible finance and incredible quality in their squad.

"This period is now a chase for them, they're trying to chase Chelsea down and they'll be looking for a result at our ground."

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