Joe Ledley has urged Alan Pardew to put pen to paper on a new deal at Crystal Palace – but admits the Eagles must do better with their Premier League form.
Pardew is contracted to the Eagles until the summer of 2018 and has expressed a willingness to discuss a new deal at Selhurst Park. That’s despite the club’s struggles in the Premier League, where they have not won since December 19, and have dropped from sixth, level on points with a Champions League place, to 15th – just eight points above the relegation zone.
A run to the FA Cup semi-finals has provided relief to Palace fans, with Friday’s 2-0 victory away to Reading securing Pardew’s side their best achievement in the competition since 1995, when they took Manchester United to a replay.
With Palace just two wins away from their biggest ever triumph Ledley has urged the club to back Pardew, who has two and a half years left on his current contract, with a new deal and allow him to build on the success his side enjoyed in the first half of the season.
“You can see the club starting to move to the next level with the players we’ve brought in: Yohan Cabaye, [Emmanuel] Adebayor, we’ve still got Yannick and Wilfried Zaha,” Ledley said.
“It is going in the right direction but we need to get better with our league form. We’re in a good position in the cup and I think that’s something the club needs.”