Alan Pardew shares a message which will delight Crystal Palace fans

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is set to sign a new contract.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says he will sign a new contract now that the club’s Premier League status has been assured for another season, the London Evening Standard reports.

Palace mathematically secured their top-flight status this weekend by coming from behind to defeat Stoke City 2-1 at Selhurst Park, with striker Dwight Gayle grabbing a double.

It erased any lingering fears of a potential Palace relegation - something which wasn’t thought of at the beginning of the season but which came to head following a poor run of form after Christmas.

Pardew, heavily supported by most Palace fans following the progress the club has made during his tenure, had agreed in principle on a new deal and now says he will sign it without hesitation.

“The contract was agreed some time ago but I know this football club and it was very important that our status was secured for me to warrant that contract in my opinion,” Pardew told the London Evening Standard.

”I will happily sign it. There has been no question of me not signing it unless we went down, then I would have to ask them if they wanted to do it if I am honest."

“So, there is no problem with my commitment to this football club."

Palace’s win over Stoke sees the club move above both Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion on goal difference and in to a respectable 14th position, two points off Everton in 12th.

The Eagles have endured a mixed campaign, yet recent results have been promising and the club can look forward to an FA Cup final with Manchester United knowing their league status is safe.

Alan Pardew’s men will no doubt start the Wembley final as underdogs, yet their record against the big teams this year hasn’t been bad with victories over Liverpool and Chelsea plus draws with Arsenal and United.

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