Alan Pardew insists he is the right man to lead Crystal Palace forward despite a run of five straight Premier League defeats.Palace have picked up just three wins since the start of the season and are now only a point above the relegation places.
Pardew admits he is “under scrutiny” heading into Saturday’s must-win game away at bottom-club Swansea, but the 55-year-old believes he is still the right man to lead the club and insists he would never walk away from his role at Selhurst Park.
“I am an experienced manager, I have been in this position many times,” he said. “This is my ninth season in the Premier League and I would like to make it 10 at Crystal Palace.
“I know where I stand. In terms of the board, the only real conversation I have had with Steve is that he is as committed as I am about getting a result this weekend to make our position a lot clearer and to take some pressure off us.
“I am realistic about it, if you lose five games in the Premier League you are going to come under scrutiny.
“No one can be immune to that but I have been in this situation before and I have never asked for assurances from a board ever.
“I have to look at the process I do, make sure my staff are on their game, make sure we are covering every detail until we get a run of results.”
“I would never walk away from this football club,” he added. “There is nothing I am doing which is less than 100 per cent, no one can be closer to the fan group because I played here.
“I like to think that I have enough experience at this level so I know what this division is about and I know we are under pressure.
“It is the same pressure I had at Newcastle or West Ham when we went through a period like this but it is a lot closer because my family and friends are all Crystal Palace fans so it makes it a little bit more personal.
“For me, it spurs me on to put some of the critics in their place.”
Expectations were high at Selhurst Park at the start of the season following the club’s £50m summer spending spree.
However, new signings Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend and James Tomkins have enjoyed mixed fortunes at the start of the campaign.
Pardew admits individual errors have cost his side in recent weeks but backed his players to cut out the mistakes against Swansea on Saturday.
“We have empathy with the fans, who I think are getting frustrated because we are giving good performances but have made basic errors and some errors that we should not be making.
“If we can cut those out then we are going to get the points total (needed to stay up), no problem.
“The most important thing is to stay calm. I thought, particularly against Manchester City we deserved a point out of that game. We made a couple of errors and we really need to concentrate that the leadership is there on the pitch and if we do that then it will get us the win.
“I think sometimes you want your players to grow a little bit more and that is what I will be looking for on Saturday.
“We are having one of those runs where every mistake we are making we are getting punished for.
“We need to turn that around and we need to make our own luck. This group of players have been pretty resilient, we have good players and I don’t envisage this team being in a relegation fight come April.”
Source: Sky Sports