Why Alan Pardew should get more credit for the job he does

Alan Pardew

Pardew seems to be outperforming his predecessor at Crystal Palace and his successor at Newcastle United.

Crystal Palace seem to have made the crucial managerial change at the right time again to preserve their Premier League status.

The Eagles last season appointed Tony Pulis when they were in all sorts of trouble, and were written off by many people when in the November/December period of the 2013/14 campaign they struggled to adapt to the top flight under Ian Holloway.

Pulis not only kept Palace up, but seemed to with relative ease as they rocketed up the table, which saw them close to sneaking into the top half of the league.

It has been a similar story this season. As Pulis departed Selhurst Park on the eve of a new season, the job was handed to former boss Neil Warnock - and despite a win over Liverpool in November being a particular highlight - he struggled to get to grips with things, leaving Palace in 18th place before the powers that be felt a change was necessary.

Alan Pardew had seemingly steered Newcastle to a comfortable position in the league after recovering from a very poor start to the campaign.

He's fondly remembered for his playing days at Selhurst Park, and has had his fair share of good seasons under his belt managing sides in the top flight.

He was moments away from masterminding an FA Cup success with West Ham during their first season back in the top flight in 2006, and led Newcastle United to a fifth place finish in 2012 - so Pardew moving back to a place he could call home was something of a coup.

After another memorable night under the lights for Palace, a 2-1 win over champions Manchester City has pretty much guaranteed another season in the top flight with 39 points, and a real shot at finishing in the top half.

But there are a couple of interesting statistics doing the rounds on Twitter last night from this season.

During his time as manager of Newcastle United, Pardew averaged 1.36 points per game. Over the course of a 38-game season, that would get you 51 points - a comfortable finish in the top flight.

Compare that to their record since under John Carver, it's relegation form of 0.69 points per game - which comes to just over 26 points a season on average.

At Palace, Pardew is averaging an impressive two points per game - 76 points could well be the total that gets a side into the Champions League places this season. Prior to his arrival they were averaging 0.85 points per game, but they could be in relegation trouble with that as it averages out at around 33 points.

It's surely testament to the capabilities of Pardew. There have been times when he has been caught up in controversy in his career - when it comes to run-ins with opposition managers, officials, and even putting his head in on one occasion.

There is evidently a talented manager in Pardew, though. Palace are evidently better off with him at the helm, while Newcastle are worse off.

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