Pardew avoids Crystal Palace reports

December 29, 2014 10:32:17 UK

Former player Alan Pardew has refused to be drawn on speculation he could become the new manager of relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.

The Newcastle United manager failed to fulfil media his duties after Sunday’s 3-2 Premier League win over Everton at St James’ Park, instead sending assistant John Carver to speak to reporters.

Carver explained: “Alan didn’t say why I was doing the press, he just told me to do it.”

Palace sacked Neil Warnock on Saturday and placed Keith Millen in charge of first-team affairs for the goalless draw against fellow strugglers QPR at Loftus Road.

Pardew signed a five-and-a-half year deal when he took over from Chris Hughton in December 2010 and was given a contract extension until 2020 by Magpies owner Mike Ashley in September 2012.

Newcastle recently lost a fourth successive north-east derby against local rivals Sunderland and Pardew has been the subject of abuse by a section of supporters during a turbulent spell in charge.

In October this year, he said his family had been affected by calls for him to be sacked with the club then second bottom.

Palace are 18th in the table and fighting against the threat of relegation but Pardew retains strong ties with the south London club.

As a midfielder he spent four years at Selhurst Park from 1987 and scored the winning goal as the Eagles beat Liverpool 4-3 after extra-time in a 1990 FA Cup semi-finals. He played in the final and the replay as Manchester United triumphed.

Crystal Palace are currently priced 2.75 to be relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.

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