Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has told the Croydon Advertiser he’s not focused on an FA Cup run with the club.
Pardew says it’s more important for the team to finish above the relegation places in the Premier League, as they look to build on the progress made in recent seasons.
“The cup is not high on our priority list, but being down to the last 16 it does become more serious,” said the manager.
“We are far from safe. We are in a relegation dogfight and we really do have to keep doing what we are doing and fighting and scrapping for points.”
“We are in a relegation dogfight and we really do have to keep doing what we are doing and fighting and scrapping for point.”
There are two obvious reasons why staying in the Premier League is more important than an FA Cup run for Palace.
Firstly, it’s important from a financial point of view.
The money from broadcasting and prize money for league positions in the Premier League is competitive against other leagues across Europe.
It’s also important from the point of view of the club’s sponsors and other commercial partners, meaning strength can be retained through various contracts.
Secondly, it’s important for the continued growth and nature of Pardew’s squad.
The only way for players to become the best and compete at Premier League level is to continuously test themselves against the best players.
The FA Cup would push the club forward in terms of attention and the headlines but Premier League survival keeps the side in the headlines for their foreseeable future.