With Alan Pardew’s stock never been so higher, Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish suddenly finds it difficult to keep an hold to his manager.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew may soon enter the race to replace Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid, if the comments from Steve Parish, his current club’s co-chairman, are believed to be true. Pardew did an excellent job at Crystal Palace and his team are now sitting in the top six of the Premier League.
Despite the recent Real Madrid link, British media claims the highly rated tactician is going to be the successor to Roy Hodgson in England national team. Apparently there is also a possibility of the manager will be anchored in Madrid. It is suggested from the statements from Parish after the team drew with Swansea recently. When talking to the BBC, He said: “We wish Alan continue to stay at this club for many years, but if Real Madrid wanted him, then there is nothing we can do to block it. Even though I knew he was very happy here.”
Pardew, the 54-year-old former Newcastle United boss has enjoyed an impressive stint at Selhurst Park since taking charge in January and, with Palace now fifth in the Premier League, has been touted as the top Premier League manager of 2015. He is also reportedly in talks over a new long-term deal at Crystal Palace after he penned an initial contract which ends after the 2017/18 season.
In 2015 Pardew has a much better win ratio than Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal with only a fraction of his budget.
The future of Rafael Benitez at Real Madrid is under huge pressure, since the Los Blancos had lost 0-4 to Barcelona in the Clasico and is still thrown to third in the La Liga standings, two points behind their eternal rivals Barca.
However, Jose Mourinho, after fired by Chelsea earlier this month was heavily linked with a return to his former club as Real Madrid president Florentino Perez still admires the Portuguese. Zinedine Zidane and Fabio Capello are also being considered to replace Benitez.