Would you believe it – but Sky Sports is reporting there are some issues delaying the completion of Alan Pardew’s move to Crystal Palace.
Alan Pardew – while active at Newcastle
It was expected that Alan would be announced as the Palace manager yesterday, but no announcement has yet been forthcoming.
Sky Sports is reporting there are still unresolved issues in regard to two members of Pardew’s potential backroom staff, namely the performance analyst Ben Stevens and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman.
But it seems they are only minor complications, that are not expected to put Pardew’s move to Palace in jeopardy.
Andy Woodman’s 17 year-old son Freddie is at Newcastle, and we don’t think Newcastle will agree to let Freddie go back to Crystal Palace, and then Andy would have to decide if he wants to stay at Newcastle or join Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.
Of course until the head coach situation is sorted out at Newcastle Andy will not even know if he has a long term future at Newcastle.
Palace’s caretaker manager Keith Millen will be in charge of the team at Aston Villa tomorrow, after Palace got a decent 0-0 draw at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
Millen had said this on the Pardew matter yesterday:
“As far as I’m concerned, the Chairman has told me to prepare for Aston Villa. It’s important myself and the players stay focused on that.
“I spoke to the Chairman and he said Newcastle compensation has been agreed and we’ve been given permission to speak to Alan. That was literally all I was told and nothing’s changed since then.”
“When I’ve done this before it’s dragged on for a few weeks. That starts having an effect on the group – the not knowing.
“I think the timing of it all, if it can be done as quickly as possible, that would help us because the January transfer window will be very important to the club.”
For some reason the press seems to think Alan did a good job at Newcastle, and because he was there for four years, his star seems to have risen.
Certainly we had some terrific wins with him as manager, but there were also some (too many) incredible lows, and we won’t even mention the four successive defeats by Sunderland.
And from all reports Pardew seems to be doubling his wages at Palace – which is astonishing when you think about it, with Crystal Palace not being too flush with money.
Maybe Newcastle can attract a really good head coach by offering some big money for the right man.
Well – come to think of it – maybe not.
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