Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has talked glowingly of his former club Crystal Palace today, and says it will be hard to repeat the success they had back in the early 1990s and there is now a gulf between the top clubs in England and the other clubs – which is hard to bridge.
Alan Pardew – gap between clubs now much greater
This is what Alan has said in the local papers before today’s game:
“It’s difficult for a team like Palace to repeat what they did, coming up and doing so well.” “I think that’s fair to say.” “The gap between a club like Manchester United and Palace back then was so much smaller.”
“I’m not saying that we could compete with them on an even footing back then, but the teams were certainly much closer than they are now.”
“These top clubs have such a depth of squad now, and with the finance they have available, it’s a little bit of a worry that the fantasy can’t come true any more.” “We even finished third one year, and that was a hell of an achievement for what you might consider a yo-yo team.”
“It’s just a love for me.” “I love going there, and there are still people there that I remember, even if they’re getting a little bit older than I would like. I like what they’re doing. They’ve got good directors, and it looks like they’ve got a good plan.”
But we still see some big upsets in English football and this season is one of the closest and most competitive in the Premier League, and Newcastle have beaten Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in the league this season so far, and even Sunderland beat Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals – even though Sunderland are rock bottom of the Premier League.
But of course Newcastle are no longer one of the elite clubs in the Premier League and this game today will give us a tough test, but the goal has to be to come away from Selhurst Park this afternoon with all 3 points.
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