March 27, 2015 13:45:09 UK
Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish believes that experience is a key factor in why Alan Pardew has engineered an upturn in fortunes for the Eagles.
Pardew has guided the Eagles to mid-table security in the Premier League following his arrival from Newcastle United in early January, with Palace having won eight of 13 games since the change of management.
Alan is a leader and somebody people believe in and follow.
And Parish is happy that his club found the right man for the job, pointing to the experience that Pardew possesses in the top-flight.
“I think it helps if you’re a manager who’s the longest-serving in the league after Arsene Wenger,” Parish told the Croydon Advertiser.
“Alan is a leader and somebody people believe in and follow. I’m not at the training ground every day, but he instilled the confidence in the players to do what they have and be a bit braver on the ball.
“I don’t think many people would have come in when you’re third from bottom and that you’ll play a bit more and be braver on the ball, so it’s experience.
“That’s what you buy in a football manager, with their knowledge and experience. The players then buy into that.”
Palace are 11 points clear of the drop zone after winning three of their last four league games, with their next outing coming on Monday 6th April when they play host to Manchester City.
The Eagles can be backed at 5.00 to win the game at Selhurst Park, with the draw 4.00, while the Citizens are 1.61 to take all three points.
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