TWO MORE GAMES FOR PARDEW

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ALAN PARDEW has two games to save his job as Crys­tal Palace man­ager. Af­ter six con­sec­u­tive Pre­mier League de­feats Pardew is un­der in­tense pres­sure, but Amer­i­can ma­jor share­hold­ers David Bl­itzer and Josh Har­ris have not de­cided to re­move him yet. While Bl­itzer and Har­ris are alarmed by Palace’s di­rec­tion, Pardew has sup­port from chair­man Steve Par­ish. So Pardew has been given two more games, at home against Southampton this Satur­day, and then away at Hull City the fol­low­ing Satur­day, to prove that the play­ers are still re­spond­ing to him. If Palace’s los­ing run con­tin­ues through those, to eight straight games, he will be dis­missed. Par­ish over­saw the re­cruit­ment of Pardew from New­cas­tle United two years ago, and im­proved re­sults af­ter Neil Warnock’s brief ten­ure. Pardew guided Palace from the rel­e­ga­tion zone to fin­ish in 10th place, their best ever Pre­mier League fin­ish, be­fore tak­ing the team to the FA Cup fi­nal at Wem­b­ley in 2016. Par­ish is loyal to Pardew and has pushed for him to be given time to turn the sit­u­a­tion around. League re­sults, though, have been de­clin­ing for some time while the har­mony of the squad has been dis­rupted by big-money sign­ings such as Yo­han Cabaye and Chris­tian Ben­teke, as well as the de­par­tures of pop­u­lar play­ers such as Mile Je­d­i­nak and Yan­nick Bo­lasie. Whether the play­ers rally be­hind Pardew and per­form for him against Southampton and Hull will be the cru­cial test.

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