Former West Ham midfielder Don Hutchison suggests why Crystal Palace are losing focus

Alan Pardew

Hutchison believes that Alan Pardew is starting to believe the hype surrounding him.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Hutchison addressed the problems surrounding Pardew’s recent struggles at Palace, suggesting that the praise has gone to his head.

The former West Ham midfielder said: “Alan’s had a great run with Palace but it’s a bit like a broken record, isn’t it? Newcastle United fans know exactly how it is – Alan starts to believe his own hype and maybe the team lose a little bit of that focus.

“When people started talking about him as the next messiah and asking why Newcastle fans wanted rid of him maybe they should take a look at his overall record with the club.”

Pardew enjoyed a great start on his return to Selhurst Park, winning 10 of his first 15 matches. However, that shine looks to have fallen from the club in the last few weeks, with consecutive 2-0 losses to West Brom and Hull City stalling the Eagles' rise up the table.

That is not to suggest Pardew’s achievements at Palace should be derided, as he has worked wonders to move them up the Premier League table and away from a potential relegation.

However, the praise he has been receiving is arguably much more than he deserves, having inherited a squad well capable of staying in the top flight with ease. Tony Pulis managed the same job last season, and Pardew is arguably in an easier boat than Pulis was, despite Neil Warnock’s rather dreadful run of results at the beginning of this season.

Hutchison may be correct though, to suggest that Pardew’s own success is the root of his downfall. Earlier this campaign he led Newcastle on an impressive winning run, before they started faltering when he was winning praise, and that was the falter that kick-started their slide down the table.

Maybe if Pardew focused more upon the management on the club, rather than his public image, Palace would still be flying high and moving their way up the Premier League table.

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