Crystal Palace manager criticises Shearer for FA approach regarding England manager post

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew has proven his quality as a manager over the past few seasons.

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has explained how Alan Shearer's comments regarding his offer to be England manager made his blood boil, when writing a column for The Daily Mail.

Pardew also admitted that the England job is one that he aspires to, but re-assured Eagles fans by making it clear that he is only focused on his job at Palace for now.

He discussed Shearer's comments in his Daily Mail column:

Alan Shearer - Newcastle United ManagerPardew criticised Alan Shearer's comments

"It makes my blood boil when pundits on TV, such as Alan Shearer, say 'I'll do it'. He was a top, top striker but he has no coaching qualifications and his only experience as a manager was very brief."

After a fantastic start to last season's campaign, Pardew's men fell away after Christmas, and narrowly escaped relegation, but he did manage to guide the Eagles to the FA Cup final. He re-assured fans that despite his desire to one day manage England, his focus is entirely on Palace:

"I want to start this column by declaring my position: I want to be the England manager. It is a job I aspire to and it is an ambition of mine. But not now. Now, I have a big job at Crystal Palace and we have an important summer ahead of us."

Newcastle United's Andros Townsend looks dejectedPalace have completed the signing of Andros Townsend 

Pardew has already begun his recruitment drive at Selhurst Park, with BBC Sport reporting that they have sealed the signing of Andros Townsend for £13 million from Newcastle United today.

Palace fans will be hoping that Pardew is true to his word, and continues the good work he has already done at the club. The signing of Townsend is a good start to the summer, but more additions will be required if the Eagles are to push on from their 15th place finish last term.

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is expecting a busy summer

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