Parish won’t block Pardew departure

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has admitted that he won't stand in the way of manager Alan Pardew should a club of Real Madrid's stature come calling.

Pardew has earned plenty of plaudits in the English press since taking up the reins at Selhurst Park in January 2015, and the 54-year-old has managed to build on the good foundation of last season by steering his side to fifth place in the Premier League standings at the halfway mark in the 2015/16 campaign.

As such, Pardew is quickly becoming one of the most talented English managers in Britain, leading to the inevitable suggestions that one of Europe's elite clubs could make a move for the former Newcastle boss in the not-too-distant future.

While Parish says he won't block a potential move to a so-called big club, he is confident the Englishman will stay at Selhurst Park for many years to come.

"We want Alan to stay at the club a very long time," Parish told BBC Radio 5 live. "But who knows what will happen — if Real Madrid want Alan Pardew then I'm sure we wouldn't stand in his way.

"Everyone wants to get to the best point they can in their career but I know right now that Alan is very happy here.

"He's not thinking about anything other than being here, we're not thinking about anything else, and if something comes up because we're very successful, what can we do about it?

"We'll have to cross that bridge at the time."

Pardew has not been linked with the Real Madrid hotseat, but rumours persist over the future of Rafael Benitez, who this week claimed there was a media 'campaign' against the club, himself and Blancos president Florentino Perez.