Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace beat Manchester City for the second time this season, when they beat City 2-1 at Selhurst Park after being 2-0 ahead – and they won and deserved the win because they were the better side, although they were hanging on a bit at the end.
That was Alan’s first win in the league against City, having lost the previous 8 league games while at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – Palace manager
Never short on self-confidence
The result puts a big dent in Manchester City’s title chances – and maybe Manchester City didn’t spend enough money on their squad – maybe they should have spent more than £1B on players over the last six years – or was it only £500M they have spent?
For Crystal Palace, they are all but safe in the league with 39 points from 31 games, and when Pardew took over after 19 games they had only 16 points from 19 games.
So in the 12 games Palace have played in the league this year, they have seven wins and two draws (three defeats) for 23 points, and Alan missed the first game this year when they drew 0-0 at Aston Villa.
So Pardew’s record in the league at Crystal Palace is 11 games played for 22 points – not bad for a relegation side he took over.
As a comparison John Carver has managed 12 league games with 9 points so they have gained 14 points on Newcastle this year so far, and are 4 points ahead of us – but really five since their goal difference is -4 compared to Newcastle’s -16.
So we will not be catching Palace this season.
At the end of the year our goal difference was -6 and Palace’s was -10.
And we will not even mention that Pardew won two FA Cup ties and John Carver lost one FA Cup tie – but the difference in fortune is very noticeable – which is an understatement – yes.
We suppose an experienced manager who’s done it before does make a difference, as we found out with Dick Advocaat of Sunderland in yesterday’s game.
And to think in early January Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley thought Newcastle were safe and (therefore) recklessly sold two of our players and didn’t bother to reinforce the side at all.
And also didn’t bother to replace the manager with anybody with any real experience.
They took the cheap option and managed to also make about £12M – sound familiar?
In business we call that total incompetence – and that’s not even an opinion.
It’s based purely on the facts of what Newcastle did in January, and it showed they didn’t exercise any foresight at all, about what may happen with injuries.
And we’d already had plenty of those before January.
That’s generally called planning – for things that may happen so you are not (totally) exposed.
Palace are going to spend money this summer – so they could even have a decent side next season.
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