Many people have wondered why Alan Pardew, who has had a positive impact at both Newcastle and Crystal Palace, has not been linked to higher-level jobs despite his success. Well, if you’re one of those people, here you go.
While reading the back pages across England, NBC correspondant Neil Ashton dropped the news that the 54-year-old Palace boss, who recently marked his one-year anniversary of becoming Crystal Palace manager, could be a candidate for the vacant Chelsea managerial position.
While the Blues may have other more preferred options, Ashton says that Pardew is certainly being considered as a viable option, and that the club is looking into making him a viable option by checking on his availability with his current employer.
However, Ashton also reveals that there is a clause in Pardew’s Crystal Palace contract that tabs his release at $4.5 million for any team that would wish to pry him away from Selhurst Park. Palace brass may want to increase that, so they could go about negotiating a contract extension with Pardew in an attempt to make him less attractive to other suitors. That could dissuade the English FA, Ashton says, who are also rumored to be interested in Pardew’s services, but who do not like to pay high compensation packages for managers.
Could Pardew eventually be the head man at Stamford Bridge? With Guus Hiddink in charge likely until the end of the season, Roman Abramovich has plenty of time to figure that out, but it could become a more expensive prospect the longer they wait.