Alan Pardew: ‘People ask about England but why would I leave Crystal Palace?’

The manager believes he has the chance at Palace ‘to make something special’ and is aiming to take the club into Europe and to leave a positive legacy – which, he says, would be like winning a trophy

Early afternoon at Crystal Palace’s Beckenham headquarters and, as first-team players drift off contemplating their pre-match homework, Alan Pardew is talking progress. He has just left his analysts working out how best to customise a brand new computer programme which will allow the manager to pore over previous performances with his squad, à la Gary Neville at his Skypad, on a giant touchscreen television. The glorified tablet dominates the back wall of the main meeting room in the revamped complex.

Back across the canteen area, in their own corner of an open-plan office, Pardew’s senior coaching team are sifting through scouting reports and preparing their summaries of Leicester City, opponents in waiting on Saturday. They are joined in their huddle by the sports psychologist and former England off-spinner Jeremy Snape, whose part-time role centres primarily on communication. “He’s not here to sit my players on a couch and ask them about their childhood,” says Pardew. “His job is to help me get my ideas across.”

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