Joel Ward reveals how Alan Pardew has improved Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew returned to Selhurst Park in January, and has done nothing but impress.

Former Newcastle boss Pardew is enjoying a mesmerising debut as Palace’s manager, and defender Joel Ward has told the London Evening Standard how he has improved the club.

Ward, 25, said: “The manager has changed the feel around the place. He has given us a sense of direction and we have bought into what he wants from us.

“Everyone is enjoying their football and once you get that momentum going, it is really hard to stop.”

53-year-old Pardew returned to Palace in January, and has so far taken charge of 15 games, of which an amazing 10 have been won. He has registered four losses - of which two were to Liverpool and Arsenal - and has picked up an impressive 2.07 points per game.

On current form Palace are able to take on any team in the division, and it does not look like slowing down any time soon.

Pardew has had a similar effect to that shown by Tony Pulis following his appointment last season. But whilst Pulis brought the aura that survival was always the aim, it appears as if the Eagles are targeting a much bigger finish under the former player.

They currently sit 11th in the league table, having leapfrogged Pardew’s former team Newcastle, and they should really be vying for a top 10 finish, with eighth placed Swansea still within their reach.

Pardew has enjoyed a fantastic start to his Palace managerial career, and all that remains is to see whether he can keep it up next term.

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