Alan Pardew ready for next challenge with Crystal Palace

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

The boss insists he is more focused on turning the Eagles into a stable Premier League club than anything else.

Alan Pardew has told the club’s official website that he and his squad are ready for next season and the challenges it will present.

The Eagles were languishing at the wrong end of the table before the former Newcastle boss took over but have since flourished under his guidance, raising expectations for next season considerably.

Their run under Pardew saw them surge from the relegation zone into the top 10 of the Premier League, and fans will be expecting a similar finish next time around

However, Pardew says the real challenge is to stop them from becoming easy to nullify, with teams now having realised the dangers of the likes of Jason Puncheon, Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha in particular.

"The problem is when you have success and certain players do well and get noticed other managers come up with plans to stop us,” he said.

“That is the next challenge where we have to change our game plan to be ready for the next challenge. You need to have authority about your own ability. I will never be a victim and always come out fighting and work hard.”

Like every club in the Premier League, the Eagles are expected to be busy during the summer, as Pardew takes control of his first summer transfer window and tries to mould his squad into his own.

That means that players will most likely be both arriving and leaving Selhurst Park, although the boss insists they are more focused on making them a stable Premier League club than anything else.

"This summer this club will work hard to invest to make this a really stable Premier League club, he added.

“It's not going to be easy because expectations will begin to rise. This football club has always been about overcoming difficult hurdles but now we are ready to fight the big clubs.”

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