Sam Allardyce speaks highly of Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

Sunderland take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League this evening.

Speaking to the Standard, Sam Allardyce has spoken highly of Alan Pardew, ahead of the game between Sunderland and Crystal Palace this evening.

Allardyce said: “Making the move to Palace looks like the best move he could make in his managerial career. He and the club seem to fit like a glove don’t they? Yes, he did inherit a good team but he has evolved them to a system which suits the team. Alan has done an outstanding job on ensuring that Palace are winning football matches — and winning them well.”

Pardew has been a revelation since linking up with Palace last season, returning to the club he played for after leaving the poisonous chalice that is the Newcastle job.

Whilst the Magpies continue to suffer with Pardew in charge, the 54-year-old has taken on a Palace team who were in poor form, and rapidly pushed them up the table. He has won an impressive total of 20 games out of 36, picking up an average points tally of 1.72 per game.

This season, the Eagles started in blistering form, and although they dropped off in recent weeks, they appear to be getting back to their best - and currently sit in 10th. With a victory over Sunderland this evening - the expected result given the Black Cats’ form - Palace can move into sixth place with 23 points from 13 games.

Allardyce has admitted that Pardew’s job was made slightly easier by inheriting a good group of players, but the Palace boss has completely revamped his team to ensure they are playing a system which brings out the best of all his players.

It was also Pardew who oversaw the summer signing of Yohan Cabaye, who has so far lived up to his reputation this term as one of the signings of the season.

Pardew should take a lot of praise for the job he has done at Palace, and the most positive part of his time at Selhurst Park, is that it looks as if the Eagles can only continue to get better.

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