Palace boss Alan Pardew explains how he differs from Neil Warnock

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew took over at Crystal Palace after Neil Warnock was sacked.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has told the London Evening Standard that his mentality and ambition to win games is what separates him from his predecessor Neil Warnock.

Warnock was in charge of Palace for a second spell following the departure of Tony Pulis in the summer of 2014. However, after a poor run of form, he was sacked two days after Christmas.

Pardew succeeded the former Queens Park Rangers manager with the club lying in the bottom three, but a superb turnaround saw the club completely transform throughout 2015.

Asked how he managed to succeed where Warnock failed, Pardew explained how he changed the attitude and mentality of the squad by aiming higher than mere survival.

“When I came here the most important thing was to go from the concept of a manager who was trying to stay in the division - which I think Neil Warnock's mentality was - to a manager who wanted to finish higher than that," the Eagles boss told the London Evening Standard.

"The biggest difference I made here was changing the mentality of the players to make them think they could go and win. I think there was a lack of belief.

"I changed the dynamic of the players and the attitude of approaching games. To go and win games and not a 'see how we go' kind of attitude to try and stay in the game.”

The difference at Selhurst Park has been astonishing as similarly to Leicester City the club have gone from relegation battlers to Champions League hopefuls within 12 months.

Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie have really stepped up a level while the signing of Yohan Cabaye from French champions Paris Saint-Germain was a clear statement of intent.

Pardew has brought the buzz back to the South London outfit, and with further backing in the transfer market there is no reason to rule out a finish in the European spots come next May.

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