Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has explained to the Croydon Advertiser the change he’s trying to make at the club.
Pardew has been very open about the fact he’s trying to get his Palace squad to raise their performance levels, by using his background in coaching supposedly higher quality players.
“I have given them confidence. The fact that I have come from what is regarded as a bigger club and worked with different footballers, I think when I give them instructions, they know I have worked with this type of player,” said Pardew.
“If I say that they can do what Moussa Sissoko can do, or what Carlos Tevez can do, it is similar to how Steve Coppell was with us when I was playing at Palace.”
“If you believe you can be as good as these players, with the skill and application, you can be.”
Pardew seems determined to get the absolute maximum out of his first team players, which is encouraging as Palace look to pull clear and consolidate in the Premier League this season.
If the boss can get his players to believe they are better than they are widely perceived, it should inspire them and prompt them to up their performance levels in the games against apparently bigger clubs.
A good example is the win against Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park.
Palace were superb in that game against a team, which supposedly has a number of higher quality and better squad options.
The challenge for Pardew and Palace is recreating that sort of performance on a consistent basis over the rest of the season and showing their quality over an extended period of time.
If they can do that they’ll not only consolidate in the Premier League but improve the way they’re perceived.