Alan Pardew wants new Crystal Palace contract at the end of the season

Alan Pardew

The Eagles boss has told reporters that he hopes to be awarded a new contract despite the club's struggles this season.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has told reporters that he wants to stay at the club and is hoping that discussions can be held this summer over him signing a new contract, as quoted by BBC Sport.

Pardew only took charge at Selhurst Park 15 months ago but after steering the club clear of danger to ultimately finish 10th in his first season, a run of 14 matches without a league win between Boxing Day and 2 April has seen the side fall to 17th.

However, Palace did finally return to winning ways with an important 1-0 victory over struggling Norwich City on Saturday which has seen them virtually guarantee their safety by moving 10 points clear of danger with just six matches remaining.

Pardew has also led the London club to a first FA Cup semi-final in over two decades thanks to a run which has included wins over Premier League sides Southampton, Stoke City, and title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur.

The 54-year-old admitted that he did not expect the miserable winless league run to go on as long as it did, but he now has his eyes on his future.

The former West Ham United and Newcastle United boss will still have two years left on his current deal at the end of the season, but he admits that he is hoping to secure his future at the club for the long term by signing a new extended contract this summer.

Pardew, who spent four years at the club as a player, told reporters, as quoted by BBC Sport: "We weren't expecting that run to go on as long as it went on. The first half of this season we got it right, but the second we haven't. We need to address that.

"The confidence levels, hopefully, have gone up, and our nervousness has disappeared. Once we're safe hopefully I'll sign a new contract here, because I want to stay."

Pardew's public admission of his aspiration may be met with some disdain from Palace fans, some of whom appear to have begun to doubt whether or not their former terrace hero is the right man to continue to lead them.

The manager has some history of being awarded long-term contracts, signing an eight-year contract extension with Newcastle in 2012, before leaving the club just over two years later.

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