Pardew: I remained too loyal to certain players

Former Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has reflected on his sacking and believes he remained too loyal to some players, to the detriment of the team.

Pardew, who is currently without a club, lost his job just before the new year with the Eagles down in 17th position having won only one of their last 11 games at the time.

The Englishman spent over £50million before the start of the season, bringing in the likes of Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend, and James Tomkins.

However, he stuck with many of the old-guard who helped Palace stay in the Premier League, and believes it may have messed up the balance of his team.

“Looking back, I sat down with Steve (Parish) in the summer and we decided we wanted to take the club forward,” he told the Times. “We made changes but I definitely have the view we didn’t change the squad enough.

“We brought players in but I think we should have done more. That was compounded when we thought we had good cover at left back, not thinking Pape Souare would be in a car crash. That was a big mistake not getting cover in one or two areas.

“Sometimes as manager you do get loyal to players. They kept us up, we got to the cup final. I couldn’t fault their attitude but we didn’t have a balanced team.

“The players I’ve had, I think I’ve largely got the maximum out of them but maybe you can’t keep going for maximum. Maybe my loyalty gets in the way a little bit. I have been loyal to a fault with some. That’s just a trait I have. Something I have to keep an eye on.”