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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:34 pm 
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Signed Andrew (Andy) Johnson on a free transfer.

He was released by QPR at the end of last season.


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Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock has admitted he is worried how his side will fare without talismanic captain Mile Jedinak in January.

The 30-year-old Eagles skipper will represent Australia as they host the Asia Cup, which begins on the 9th January.

And with the hosts predicted to excel in the tournament, Warnock could be without Jedinak for over three weeks, much to the former Leeds United manager's dismay.

“We will miss him,” Warnock told the London Evening Standard.

“He is the leader of the camp. Everything on and off the field revolves around him.

"There is the Africa Cup of Nations at about the same time, too, so it will be difficult for a lot of teams in the Premier League in January and February.

"Mile has been able to push forward more than usual this season, too, and I think he can score more goals.”

After a slow start under Warnock, Palace have propelled themselves up the table, and now sit ninth after back-to-back wins over Everton and Leicester.

"The players work hard for each other and, when you look at how we play for each other, we’ve got a good chance of surviving," Warnock added.


Every time I see this guy play I'm very impressed with him and just think he's exactly what a team like Arsenal are missing in midfield he's strong/powerful, disciplined in front of the back 4, reads danger, excellant in the air in both penalty boxes, good on the ball & keeps it simple. Might be a bit slow for the very top level but whenever I've seen him play he's been a stand out player.

I think he'll be a huge miss for them.


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The owner of the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers, Josh Harris, has contacted the board at Crystal Palace and expressed an interest in buying the south London club as he seeks to become the sixth American owner of a Premier League side.

Harris, the co-founder of Apollo Global Management, has been seeking to invest in the English game for some time and, with his business partner, David Blitzer, sounded out his compatriot Randy Lerner over a potential purchase of Aston Villa this year. Palace are one of a number of prospective investment opportunities he is considering as he seeks a foothold in the Premier League.

Bloomberg suggested on Friday night that Harris was close to securing a deal but that assertion appears premature at best, with it by no means certain that Palace’s owners, CPFC 2010, would be willing to sell a club who were promoted to the top flight in 2013 and finished in mid-table last season. The co-chairman Steve Parish has previously made it clear that he considers himself and his three fellow board members “reluctant guardians” of the team they have long supported. They are under no immediate financial pressure to sell, with any chance of a potential takeover apparently in its infancy at best.

Bloomberg claimed that two sources, who had requested anonymity, had confirmed the talks, with neither Harris nor Palace willing to comment. The agency quoted Sal Galatioto, the founder of Galatioto Sports Partners, which represented Comcast-Spectacor in its sale of the NBA franchise 76ers to Harris in 2011. “Josh obviously knows how to run pro-sports franchises,” he said. “It’s a very interesting investment that should be a very good one for him over the long run. English Premier League soccer is arguably the best soccer in the world and it’s very valuable media content. It’s growing in other parts of the world, especially North America.”

The suggestion from one of the sources was that Parish, the public face of the current owners, would stay on to run the club for Harris. The businessman was estimated to be worth $2.1bn and, with Blitzer, added the National Hockey League’s Devils and their arena, the Prudential Centre in Newark, to his portfolio last year. The 49-year-old’s enthusiasm in buying Villa appeared to wane over the summer.

Villa are joined by Manchester United, Liverpool, Sunderland and Arsenal in having American owners.

Palace were bought out of administration by the CPFC 2010 consortium – comprised of Parish and his fellow wealthy fans Martin Long, Steve Browett and Jeremy Hosking – in the summer of 2010 and have shrewdly galvanised the club in the period since.

They achieved an unlikely promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs in 2013 and, after recruiting Tony Pulis as manager a year ago, finished 11th last term, with its associated £74m in prize money, the third-highest placing in their history. The team, under the stewardship of Neil Warnock, sit 16th in the table going into Saturday’s visit to West Bromwich Albion.


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Neil Warnock has become the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season after losing his job at Crystal Palace. Following the club’s 3-1 defeat against Southampton on Boxing Day, large sections of the club’s supporters made their dissatisfaction with his work clear and the club’s owners had become unhappy with a run of just one win in 12 matches.

Crystal Palace face QPR on Sunday in a match that could have an important bearing on the relegation battle at the end of the season and Palace’s board have made the decision that a fresh approach is needed. Keith Millen will now take charge of the side for the match in a caretaker role.

“Crystal Palace Football Club can today confirm that Neil Warnock has been relieved of his duties and is no longer first-team manager,” read a club statement. “The club would like to put on record its thanks to Neil for all his hard work and energy over the past four months. Keith Millen will lead the team against Queens Park Rangers tomorrow as caretaker manager.”

Palace have already been forced to make a managerial change this year when Warnock was hired to replace Tony Pulis on the eve of the season. Pulis had guided the club to 11th place last season but the club have not been able to rediscover that form and currently lie 18th in the table, level on points with Burnley who are 19th.

After the defeat to Southampton, Warnock maintained that he is getting the maximum out of the squad he inherited and insisted that Palace’s survival hopes depended on him signing new players in January rather than changing manager. “I think we’re doing as well as we can,” he said. “We just have to cut out the elementary mistakes. I’m sure the chairman and the others will agree to that. It’s never been straightforward here. We just have to fight on and roll our sleeves up. There’s no other way than getting points at difficult places and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.

“It’s going to be one of those seasons that go right down to the line. The January window is a very important one for us, as it was last season. We do need options on the bench and we need that little bit more up top. We’re working as hard as we can.”

Warnock angered Crystal Palace fans, who chanted “you don’t know what you’re doing”, against Southampton when he replaced the striker Yannick Bolasie with the defender Martin Kelly when the club were 3-0 down. Warnock said he was preserving the striker for the match against QPR.

“You know that taking Bolasie off when losing 3-0 you’re going to get stick but you have to think about QPR,” he said. “His wife’s having a baby and he was tired before the game so I just felt we had to save his legs. But I’ve no complaints with them having a go. At 3-0 down you’d be very surprised not to get a bit of stick. But you’ve got to keep on going.”


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The writing had been on the wall long before the first frustrated murmurings of “Warnock out” were issued from those in the Holmesdale end. The Boxing Day grumblings quickly hardened when the team’s most potent attacker was substituted for a full-back with Crystal Palace trailing by three to dip beneath the cut-off. If there was a certain logic to that replacement, with damage limitation and a desire to save Yannick Bolasie’s legs for Sunday’s game at Loftus Road in mind, then there was sense, too, in wielding the axe now. Neil Warnock’s return to Selhurst Park had always felt an unconvincing fit. Now that uncomfortable arrangement has ended in a rapid divorce.

The club finds themselves in familiar territory. Outside the bubble of those who have an affinity with Palace, the team’s toils this term had slipped under the radar, the focus drawn instead to those flashes of extravagant skill mustered by Bolasie or Wilfried Zaha, or to the industry of the bearded duo in midfield as Liverpool were sunk in south London. The raucous atmosphere on that occasion, coupled with clips of game-play viewed in isolation from highlights packages, had suggested all the qualities prevalent through Tony Pulis’s startling spell in charge last term had been retained. The reality was the 3-1 success over the Merseysiders – Dwight Gayle’s poaching, Bolasie’s humiliation of Martin Skrtel and that thumped free-kick from Mile Jedinak – had been the blip.

That is the only win this team have managed in 12 league matches and the qualities that had set Pulis’s side apart have long been on the wane. The defence has rarely felt more prone, and there are only two more obliging in the top flight. The forward line, for all the erratic brilliance on the flanks, has been blunt. The only surprise has been that it has taken this long for the relegation zone to swallow them up, an indignity finally achieved with the latest limp display against Southampton on Boxing Day.

A year ago Palace sat a point better off and just above the condemned but were on an upward trajectory, a climb that would eventually carry them – via key additions in the midwinter window – into mid-table. This time around the trend has been hauling them in the opposite direction, and even results against fellow strugglers have been shoddy, with one victory achieved against the current bottom eight. Three wins in 16 league games was a poor return for Warnock, but more alarming still was the fact there was no evidence of improvement. This squad is better than last term’s, and yet everything apparently now depended upon further improvements in January.

Faith that the 66-year-old would extract better from a strengthened playing staff had drained. He had arguably been placed in an impossible position – or rather manoeuvred himself into one given his eagerness to persuade the co-owners to turn to him back in August – in following Pulis, the manager of the year. The latter’s decision to leave on the eve of the new season had provoked its own chaos. Palace were already playing catch-up from the start. But the least the hierarchy would have expected was a maintenance of the basics from last year’s upturn: defensive solidity; bite on the break; conviction in the collective. Instead, the organisation has rarely been evident. Steve Parish, the public face of the board, had made an unexpected appearance at training over Christmas to observe the preparations being put in by Warnock, Ronnie Jepson and Kevin Blackwell for the Southampton fixture. It is safe to assume he was unimpressed with what he witnessed in Beckenham.

Maybe now even he might concede this had always been the wrong appointment, even in the shocked aftermath of Pulis’s sudden departure. Warnock had felt like a safe pair of hands, an experienced manager who knew Palace, had a point to prove and was enthusiastic at the prospect of an unlikely return to the dugout. He had apparently been eager to welcome Zaha back from Manchester United, willing to loan Glenn Murray to Reading, and even tolerant when others might have suggested takeover talks involving the American Josh Harris might be a distraction. Yet the tactics have felt rather staid, the fit just wrong, and not all the players were convinced. The regular complaints about decisions going against his team – many justified – started to grate even with those who were essentially sympathetic.

Parish’s instinct would have been to give Warnock the game at QPR, his former club, before making a decision, but the manager probably sealed his own fate with his observations on Friday night. “I thought [Palace] had a lot of luck last year,” he had said. “I don’t see us having much luck this year.”

He had a point: there were times last term when Palace pilfered wins on the break. But they also boasted resilience, ruthlessness and a spirit that gave them a chance. The bulk of the players who ended up 11th in May remain and would hardly have been impressed at the notion that inspiring the third highest placing in the club’s history had been down largely to good fortune.

Just as damaging was the resignation setting in among the support. There was a hush around Selhurst Park at times on Friday, almost an acceptance of the worst. That in itself was damning given so much about CPFC 2010’s ownership has been about spirit and pride. This was only heading in one direction and, beyond the QPR and Aston Villa fixtures, the prospect of a rudderless side losing the FA Cup third-round tie at non-league Dover next month was unthinkable.

Parish will hope a new man will be in charge by then. The hierarchy apparently do have a plan, which is being implemented. While there is no prospect of Pulis returning there are other options, of a kind: Tim Sherwood had been interviewed in August only to lose heart once Malky Mackay emerged as the favourite to take the reins; Chris Hughton has top-flight managerial experience, albeit tainted by Norwich’s demotion last May. Bridges have been rebuilt with Dougie Freedman and, while reappointing a man sacked by Bolton a few months ago might be surprising, he retains an affinity with many of the playing staff at the club. Might Tony Popovic, who worked under Freedman and has recently excelled at Western Sydney Wanderers – albeit not this term – be persuaded to return to London? It is a measure of how awkward the arrangement with Warnock felt that all those potential appointments would appear progressive.

Whoever takes over, the immediate prospects are ominous. Jedinak, one of the division’s more effective midfielders, and Bolasie depart for international duty with the Asia Cup and Africa Cup of Nations effectively ruling them out next month. The transfers the hierarchy had hoped to secure early may also now need rethinking, or at least the approval of the new manager. And will players be willing to join a team without a talisman?

Palace had undertaken painstaking due diligence back in August and, undermined by the controversy around Mackay and unconvinced by Steve Clarke, ended up turning to someone they knew. This time they must make a leap of faith, and they must make it swiftly. Time is running out.


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Caretaker manager Keith Millen has called for a swift resolution to the managerial vacancy at Crystal Palace.

Neil Warnock was sacked on Saturday and Palace have agreed compensation with Newcastle for their boss Alan Pardew.

Millen, who deputised after Tony Pulis left before the start of the season, said: "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. Hopefully this can get solved pretty quickly."

Palace are 18th in the Premier League and ended Warnock's second spell as manager after he recorded only three wins from his 16 league matches.

Millen, who presided over defeats against Arsenal and West Ham in August, is in his third spell as caretaker, having taken charge before the arrival of Pulis when Ian Holloway departed in October 2013.

"You wouldn't want it to continue for weeks on end, because that's when I think the lads want some guidance on where the club's going," the 48-year-old former Brentford, Watford and Bristol City defender said.

Pardew, who made more than 100 appearances for the Eagles between 1987 and 1991, has been given permission to talk to Palace.

"Alan's played for this club, he's from this area, he's got a lot of fond memories and this club means a lot to him," Millen said.

"So it's an attractive job and I can understand why Alan would be interested."

Asked about his own aspirations, Millen said: "I said to the chairman that I can do the job and I think he realises that, he knows me well enough now and he's got that faith in me.

"We've not had that discussion, he's been busy obviously, talking to Newcastle, and we'll see how things develop."


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Striker Andrew Johnson has left Crystal Palace after his short-term contract expired.

The 33-year-old former England international re-signed with the club in the summer after being released by Queens Park Rangers.

However, he made just a single appearance in the Capital One Cup defeat to Newcastle and has now been allowed to find another club.

Johnson said: "It was great to be back at Palace, if only for a short time, and I wish everyone at the club and those great supporters every success for the rest of the season."

The club said: “We would like to thank Andrew for his efforts during his return to the club and wish him all the best for the future.”

Johnson, who won eight caps for England between 2005 and 2007, enjoyed a previous four-year spell at Palace in which he scored 85 goals in over 150 appearances.

He left the club for Everton in 2006 but made just 74 appearances in four years, suffering a number of injuries which continued at his next club Fulham.

Johnson signed for QPR on a free transfer from the Whites in 2012 but played just 24 appearances in all competitions as his injury problems continued.


So in 8 years he's made around 100 first team appeareances.


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Crystal Palace have signed Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old becomes Eagles boss Alan Pardew's first signing since he left Newcastle to take charge of the club at the start of January.

Sanogo was linked with a move to his native France to join Bordeaux but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wanted to loan him out to an English club.

"He's a young player with tremendous promise," said Pardew.

"He is somebody that I have tracked personally and this club has too so that fitted well."

France Under-21 international Sanogo has played five games for Arsenal so far this season and scored one goal, which came against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

"We have given him an opportunity. He needs to play more games and I think he's ready for that and he proved that at Arsenal," added Pardew.

"It's tough to get in their team but he's closer to the starting action with us."


Not a bad loan move that he's a bit of a raw talent but I think he is a handful and he could get them a couple of goals and he isn't going to get regular games at Arsenal with Giroud & Welbeck ahead of him.


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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says on-loan winger Wilfried Zaha’s task for the second half of the season is to secure a regular starting place.

And, while Pardew is delighted with what he has seen from the 22-year-old Manchester United man so far, he is not sure whether the Eagles will be able to re-sign the fan favourite on a permanent basis.

Zaha made his name as a hugely exciting young talent at Palace but, having been sold to Manchester United, he struggled for game time at Old Trafford.

He is now halfway through a season-long loan deal back with Palace and has been in fine form since Pardew took over as manager.

Asked if the deal might be made permanent, Pardew said: “I'm not sure about that option. What I do know is that he's a player that needs to get his career on the move again.

“He's had a decent couple of games and he needs to build on that. I think that is where he's at.

“He's a talent that needs to nail down a permanent position here, whether he's on loan or permanent, but I've been very pleased with what I have seen."

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Zaha has two England caps to his name and Pardew thinks more could come his way now he is getting regular Premier League football again.

"He has certainly got the ability," said Pardew. "Wilfried has got a lot going for him and he has the potential to have an impact on the international stage at some point. I think the opportunities at Manchester United have been limited and that has been a problem.

"That has been a problem particularly at the top four or five clubs. Wilf is one of the lucky ones in that he has a platform on which he can play."

Pardew has been linked with a move for Blackburn forward Rudy Gestede while the transfer window is open but is remaining quiet about possible deals at the moment.

Asked if an approach had been made for Gestede, Pardew said: “Not that I'm aware of. I think we've enquired on about three, four or five different players and whether they're available - that's really where we're at.

"The chairman is pursuing some lines of enquiry in the right manner, in the way it should be conducted. Unfortunately, that is not in front of the press. I'm not going to talk about other players at other clubs. I don't think that's fair."


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Crystal Palace have agreed a fee of £4.75m plus add-ons with Queens Park Rangers for Jordon Mutch, Sky sources understand.

Palace are understood to have had a £4m bid for Mutch rejected earlier this week after failing in a bid to sign the midfielder on loan for the remainder of the season.

Reports at the beginning of this week suggested QPR were interested in a swap deal with Palace which would have seen former Manchester United striker Fraizer Campbell move the other way.

Mutch has been restricted to just six Premier League starts for Harry Redknapp’s side following his £5.5m move to Loftus Road from Cardiff last summer.

The 23-year-old started his career at Birmingham and had loan spells with Hereford, Doncaster and Watford before moving to Cardiff in June 2012.


If they can find nearly £5m for Mutch surely they can come up with more than £3m for Zaha


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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew does not expect midfielder Mile Jedinak to be charged by the Football Association.

Jedinak, 30, appeared to catch Diafra Sakho with his elbow near the end of Palace's win at West Ham on Saturday.

The FA can take action if referee Mike Dean did not see the incident and will look at the official's report before proceeding.

"I have seen worse where nothing has happened so I will be surprised if something happens," said Pardew.

"But the media have highlighted it and we will have to see where it goes."

If retrospectively banned for violent conduct, Jedinak would miss four games as he has already been sent off this season.

The Australian midfielder was dismissed during a 3-1 defeat at home by Sunderland in November.

"We should have had a penalty for the foul on Diafra Sakho and it should have been a red card for Mile Jedinak too," said West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on the incident.


Not only should Jedinak get banned he'll be lucky to get away with just the 3 game he's clearly done the striker out of frustration they showed it on the TV he was wound up over something went in on a few tackles but game played on then he's just decided to leave one on Sakho.

The ref couldn't have seen it and Sakho didn't make much of the situation either but the video is clear and the ref would be blatantly lying if he said he saw that. If we're going to have video review we should use it properly as this is what it's for as the ref clearly can't have seen that as it would've been a yellow minimum. People will bring up the RVP & Bony elbows that only got yellows but they were more forearms and I think the yellow as the right punishment as that's just a striker using his arm for elevation.

It's not quite Thatcher on Mendes but it was horrible and Jedinak should be getting a 3 game minimum for it.


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Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has been banned for four matches after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct for elbowing West Ham striker Diafra Sakho on Saturday.

Jedinak, 30, elbowed Sakho near the end of Palace's 3-1 victory at Upton Park.

The incident was missed by the match officials but caught on video, allowing the FA to take retrospective action.

Jedinak's ban begins immediately, ruling him out of Tuesday's Premier League trip to Southampton.

He will also miss home games against QPR and Manchester City and an away match against Stoke City.

A three-man panel reviewed Saturday's footage and unanimously agreed Jedinak should have been sent off.

The Palace and Australia captain received an extra game in addition to the usual three-match suspension for violent conduct as he has already been sent off this season.


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What a phenomenal job Alan Pardew is doing at Crystal Palace...while Newcastle are busy missing their water, now that their well has run dry. Worra job...

Manchester City pushed and pushed but Crystal Palace stood firm for a memorable win. Manuel Pellegrini's men are more celebrated but the recent form of the two teams suggests this was no fluke victory, despite the protestations over Palace's opening goal. The Eagles have now taken 22 points from their last 11 games - seven more than Pellegrini and City have picked up in that time.

The upturn in fortunes coincides with Alan Pardew's return to Selhurst Park as the club's manager. But of course, it's no coincidence. Pardew has harnessed the sense of optimism that came with the arrival of a former hero and converted it into points. As a result, he's taken the team from the relegation zone to the safety of mid-table. It's been an extraordinary turnaround.

They've seen this sort of thing before at Selhurst. Tony Pulis picked up the manager of the season award for his efforts in guiding Palace clear of relegation last term and while the sense of incredulity is diminished given that accomplishment, the statistics show that the 2014/15 version has been no less remarkable.

Indeed, after Pulis took charge in November 2013, it took him three more games to amass the number of points Pardew has accumulated. In fact, for all the plaudits that came Pulis' way at Palace, Pardew is currently outperforming him, having picked up two points per game compared to the Welshman's 1.5 points per game.

It's not only Pellegrini's City that have been unable to match that sort of output since Pardew's appointment. Only Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have gathered more points than Palace since Pardew was appointed.

It's also worth considering his early season record with Newcastle before changing clubs. Pardew was much-maligned among the Magpies support with a 42-point tally in the 2014 calendar year cited in the case against the manager. However, it's increasingly clear that Newcastle's habit of tailing off in the second half of the season is not something for which Pardew is exclusively culpable.

Yohan Cabaye's sale in January of last season was symptomatic of Newcastle's lack of ambition to challenge for a top-six finish. That's where Newcastle were under Pardew on Boxing Day of the 2013/14 season, having picked up 33 points at that stage. The current campaign was not quite so productive but it still highlights what a fine season their former boss has enjoyed overall.

Newcastle were ninth with 26 points from 19 games when he took charge of the team for the final time in a 3-2 win over Everton in December. As a result, Pardew has now picked up 48 points from 29 games in the Premier League this season. Only the top seven can beat that, and given that Newcastle and Palace have 26 points from 32 games without him - relegation form - it makes for a compelling case.

"I think people in Newcastle might realise now that he's a bit better than they thought because we have really pushed on since he arrived," said Palace defender Scott Dann recently. But how has he managed to pull it off?

Got Glenn Murray firing

The form of Glenn Murray has been a significant factor in the team's rise. Recalled from his loan spell at Reading on the eve of Pardew's official appointment, it's clear that the incoming boss had identified a role for the powerful forward and he has responded with five goals.

Murray's haul gives him the best minutes-per-goal ratio in the Premier League - he scores every 89 minutes on average - and that makes him the only player in the Premier League with a record of better than a goal every full game.

It's been crucial, with Palace winning all five games in which he's started, and he was the stand-out performer in Monday's victory over Manchester City. "He was the outstanding individual on the pitch," Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville told Monday Night Football and Pardew agreed.

"I thought he gave an exceptional performance," Pardew told Sky Sports. "It was a real lesson how to play as a No 9. This is a guy who should have been in the Premier League years ago so I'm so pleased he's now getting the reward for the quality he's showing."

Naturally, Murray credits the man who has given him that opportunity. "The training ground is a good place to be. The lads are enjoying the sessions under the gaffer and working hard for him and you can tell that when you see the performances and the results we are getting as a group."

Addressed the away form

There had been much talk of the home support for Palace and the atmosphere created at Selhurst Park - something that was as evident as ever against Manchester City on Easter Monday. However, the biggest transformation in the team's fortunes since Pardew's arrival has been their away form.

Pardew has masterminded four away wins out of five since taking over and the one they didn't win was against Southampton - a team he did manage to get the better of at St Mary's in the FA Cup. It's been a huge contrast to what had occurred at the club prior to his arrival.

Palace had won just one Premier League away game prior to his appointment this season and only three at this stage of last season. It reflects the counter-attacking style of play that Pardew has employed to such good effect and, indeed, did for City on Monday.

Backed the mavericks

From the moment Alan Pardew introduced Adlene Guedioura off the bench to turn the game around against Tottenham in his first Premier League game in charge, the Palace boss identified the need to put his faith in mercurial talents. "The staff were telling me he was a complete maverick but I think that's what the team needs," he said afterwards.

While Guedioura has since re-joined Watford on loan, Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie have been entrusted with key roles on the flanks and their ability to conjure something from nothing has helped change the feel of this Palace side.

"I wouldn't say they were the best wingers in the country, but they're exciting," said Pardew last month. "Their individual talent, the way they go past players and lift it over their heads, that's purely from within."

The talent belongs to Zaha and Bolasie but the credit belongs to Pardew for being willing to start the pair in the same team as Jason Puncheon, something that Neil Warnock was not prepared to do once during his time in charge earlier this season.

Pardew recently hailed Puncheon as the team's best player during his time at the helm, having found a new role for the erstwhile winger in a central position. Finding a way to get more quality on the pitch and retain a good shape has been key and Puncheon was on hand to curl home what turned out to be the winner against City.

Maintained the resilience

"I think we've shown more flair and exuberance, things that I'd like to think I've brought to the club," Pardew told Sky Sports after the win. "But this was more about the qualities Tony Pulis had here. Diligence, character and resilience."

It would have been understandable if Pardew's decision to give his mercurial players more freedom had resulted in a decline in discipline but this victory was a clear indication that the balance has been maintained well.

The home side withstood constant pressure from City during the latter stages and the visitors had more possession than any away team has enjoyed in the past three seasons in the Premier League. But Pardew's men kept getting bodies in the way and clinched a gutsy win.

The appetite to crown Pardew as manager of the year might not be there. But events at both Crystal Palace and Newcastle this season suggest that his impact should not be underestimated. As Dann points out, perhaps Alan Pardew is "a bit better" than some people think?


You can't knock what Pardiola is doing at Palace if Pulis got the manager of the year award last season then surely Pards has to get it this year he's done a great job at Palace to get them safe.


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Agreed. I know he's been slated for alot of his time at Newcastle, mainly as he was a London lad in the "London Mafia" at Newcastle. I also think he was not trusted with the "mercurial" talents at Newcastle. It shows quite clearly that there was/is other issues with Ben Arfa than are publicly discussed. As I would say that both Zaha and Bolaisie are not known for their defensive duties, no matter how dilligent they were last night.

If Pardew gets them above Pulis' finish he certainly should be in with a shout of the Manager of the Year award without doubt. Only other candidate for me would be Koeman at Southampton. Wonder what odds on LvG too? Considering where every Pundit thought United would finish this season and the work he has done so far?

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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says Yannick Bolasie's value is soaring thanks to the winger's outstanding form.

Bolasie, 25, scored a hat-trick in Palace's 4-1 win at Sunderland last Saturday and the DR Congo international is reportedly a £10m transfer target for rival clubs.

Pardew said: "They need to have a look at that, because he is worth double."

Bolasie has helped Palace win four of their last five Premier League games.

Under Pardew, Palace have lost just three league games and have risen to 11th place in the table.

Saturday's game at home to West Bromwich Albion (which kicks off 15:00 BST) will see former Palace boss Tony Pulis return to Selhurst Park for the first time following his departure last August.

And Pardew, who took charge in early January after leaving Newcastle, added: "We're in a terrific mood, in terms of confidence. We have great momentum.

"We're more expansive now, we have a great attacking set-up. I think we're exciting to watch and we have new goals to break into the top 10."


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One from todays papers

Yohan Cabaye will turn down Aston Villa to sign for Crystal Palace to link up with Pardew again in a deal worth £10m.

Assuming he's not gone massively downhill in the last 18 months that's a great pick up for a club like Palace as he was a very good player at Newcastle when he was here. Him & Jedinak in midield is a pretty decent pair.


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Crystal Palace are close to completing the club-record signing of Paris St-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Palace and the Ligue 1 champions have agreed a fee in the region of £10m, rising to around £13m with add-ons.

There is also an agreement in principle over personal terms and the France midfielder is expected to undergo a medical in the next 48 hours.

Cabaye, 29, joined PSG from Newcastle for £19m in January 2014, but started just 13 games last season.

Should he join Alan Pardew's Palace side, he would become the most expensive signing in the club's history, surpassing the £7m they paid Wigan for James McArthur last summer.

Pardew signed Cabaye from Lille in 2011 during his time as Newcastle boss. The midfielder was popular with fans on Tyneside, scoring 18 goals in 93 outings.

But midfield options including Thiago Motta, Javier Pastore, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi have seen him used largely as a substitute at PSG, scoring three goals in 53 appearances.


If he's anything like the player he was when he left Newcastle then Palace have made a cracking signing there.


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Crystal Palace are poised to enter the bidding for the Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin by submitting an offer of £6m plus a couple of players. Palace, who also retain a strong interest in Chelsea’s Loïc Rémy, would be willing to use Fraizer Campbell, Adrian Mariappa, Barry Bannan and/or Adlène Guedioura in part-exchange.

A number of clubs have looked at signing Austin, who enjoyed a fine season at Loftus Road last time out, in which he scored 18 Premier League goals, but they have been discouraged by QPR’s £15m valuation. Leicester City have already seen a bid worth £12m rejected.

QPR would consider taking Campbell and Mariappa from Palace but will demand a higher cash figure as part of the deal – taking the cash part of the offer closer to £10m. Palace, though, hope to reach a compromise.

Palace have moved decisively for the £10m midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Paris St-Germain and they have explored the possibility of adding Rémy, his France international team-mate. Chelsea are reluctant to sell a player that they rate at £15m but Palace nonetheless intend to make an inquiry.


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The dizzying numbers doing the rounds at Selhurst Park betrayed the reality Crystal Palace are operating on another level these days. Yohan Cabaye was pictured holding aloft the home shirt, resplendent with new sponsors, after completing a club record move from Paris Saint-Germain, last season’s Champions League quarter-finalists, for an initial £10m. Behind the scenes Scott Dann was due to put pen to paper on a long-term contract, following James McArthur’s lead earlier in the month, on wages of around £65,000 a week.

The days ahead will see renewed efforts to secure Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers, with Palace’s salary offer expected to trump those proposed by the England squad player’s other suitors. Their wishlist of further recruits includes Ashley Williams, James Chester, Matt Phillips and Loïc Rémy. “We’re working on three more,” said the co-chairman Steve Parish. “We are committed to bolstering the squad and having a really good year. These are very exciting times. Hopefully we can sustain this and really build on it.” All this at a club who, five years ago, survived relegation to League One on the last day of the season while languishing in administration for the second time since 1998.

The owners who bought them out of financial ruin have overseen remarkable progress, with each season an improvement on the last. The major additions in the summer of 2010 were David Wright and Andy Dorman on free transfers from Ipswich and St Mirren respectively. Fast forward to the present and the ambition reflects what must be done to maintain an upward curve: Premier League placings of 11th and 10th in their first two years back in the elite were eye-catching, but staying in the top half in a brutal division requires an upgrade in personnel.

The policy is to add three or four first-team players in this window, figures who will immediately command places in the lineup. They have never been in a position to do that. Yet Premier League clubs, even those who can feel satisfied at a job well done by finishing mid-table, can aspire to pretty much anything these days.

Palace’s joint second-highest ever finish in May earned them £77,335,008 – made up of facility fees, merit money, central commercial sponsorships and equal shares of domestic and overseas broadcasting monies – in Premier League prize money alone. That was £21,664,546 less than the champions, Chelsea, who had finished 39 points away. (As an aside, that tally of 39 points was more than any of the bottom five teams accumulated.) Those revenues, centrally distributed, will soar further once the new £5.14bn media deal kicks in but, even now, a club that can establish themselves in the English top flight would expect to become one of the top 40 in Europe in terms of financial clout almost overnight.

Cabaye was secured despite Roma and Atlético Madrid, sides who will compete in the Champions League next term, having expressed interest in his services. The relative weakness of the euro in comparison with sterling clearly helps, but the Italians could offer only half the wage Palace agreed to pay the France international, with those broadcasting revenues setting the English league apart.

“We’ve got the biggest and most successful sporting league of any kind anywhere in the world, by miles,” said Parish earlier this year. “Our overseas deals are virtually bigger than any other football league and the NFL and the NBA put together. It’s a real treasure.” It is certainly generating wealth.

Examples are prevalent. Marseille could not hope to compete with Swansea City to retain André Ayew, nor Saint-Etienne to keep Franck Tabanou, despite the fact both French clubs will compete in the Europa League, whereas the Welsh side, in eighth, missed out on qualification. Marseille were just as powerless to persuade Dimitri Payet to sign new terms at Stade Vélodrome when West Ham, 12th last year, offered him a basic £70,000-a-week and a five-year deal, with an option for a sixth.

“West Ham really showed me that they wanted me to come: both the joint-chairmen and the manager,” said Payet, who had supplied 51 goals over the past six Ligue 1 seasons in stints with Saint-Etienne, Lille and Marseille. David Sullivan hailed him as a “world-class player still in his prime”.

PSV Eindhoven, Dutch champions who will compete in the European Cup next term, might not have quibbled at the sale of Memphis Depay to Manchester United but Georginio Wijnaldum is now on the verge of a £14.5m move to Newcastle. That club may attract huge crowds to St James’ Park, but they preserved their Premier League status only on the final afternoon of last season when a win hoisted them to what was arguably a deceptively comfortable position of 15th. That placing, quite rightly, was deemed utterly unsatisfactory, yet it earned Mike Ashley’s club £77,835,102. Barcelona earned £41.7m in prize money for winning the Champions League.

Parish, speaking to TalkSport on Friday morning, admitted the television monies have effectively left the league “competing against ourselves” with similar concern having been expressed by top-flight chairmen. “If you have a player on the kind of money we’re starting to pay them but you want to move them on, there really is no market out there other than the other 19 clubs in the Premier League,” he said. “It’s something that will become a growing problem.”

Yet Palace, a club attempting to reinvent itself as an established member of the elite division, can think only in immediate terms at present.

Taking the next step is always the most challenging, but Cabaye’s arrival has set the standard. The team will still begin the campaign targeting 40 points, safety and consolidation, but players such as Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha have already taken to social media to salivate over the season ahead. The successful pursuit of the Frenchman has the juices flowing. The days when securing an ageing and out-of-contract Edgar Davids on a short-term deal had them out on the streets around Selhurst Park seem an age away.


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Crystal Palace are set to sign the QPR goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, which should pave the way for Palace’s Wayne Hennessey to join West Bromwich Albion.

McCarthy has a £3.5m release clause in his contract and appears keen to move back to the Premier League having made only four appearances for QPR last season as the club’s No2 keeper behind Rob Green. Last week, Palace had a bid of around £3m rejected for the former England Under-21 goalkeeper but have raised their offer.

Palace’s Hennessey, who is also valued at £3.5m, was signed as an understudy to Julián Speroni by the West Brom manager, Tony Pulis, while he was in charge at Selhurst Park in January 2014 but has made only three Premier League starts since.

The 28-year-old is desperate for first-team football in order to cement his place in Wales’ team, who are well placed to qualify for next summer’s European Championship. West Brom’s No1, Ben Foster, is sidelined with an knee injury and is not expected to return until October.


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