Michael Owen: Palace and West Brom have gone 'a long way' to avoiding relegation

Michael Owen

The former Premier League striker feels Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis are both good managerial appointments.

Former Premier League striker Michael Owen feels Crystal Palace and West Brom have both gone a long way to securing their Premier League status in recent weeks.

Both sides won their respective clashes this weekend, Crystal Palace coming back from behind to beat Tottenham, while West Brom beat Hull at home.

And the common denominator for both clubs is the fact that they have both hired new managers recently.

Managers that, according to Owen, both fit the bill and represent good appointments.

"Two wins out of two for the two teams with new managers. Palace and West Brom both gone a long way to securing their Premier League status by making good managerial appointments," Owen wrote on Sportlobster.

The general concensus seems to agree with Owen on the subject of Pulis at West Brom, the same coach, of course, who kept Crystal Palace up after stepping in during last season.

Opinion has been a little more mixed about Pardew, who left Newcastle to take over at Palace - a move that raised a few eyebrows to say the least.

But, if yesterday's 2-1 win against Spurs said anything, it was that Pardew is ready for a fight at Crystal Palace.

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