American investment excites Crystal Palace boss Pardew

Date published: Thursday 17th December 2015 2:39

Alan Pardew: Manager has guided Palace to sixth in league

Alan Pardew insists the American investors close to purchasing a controlling stake in Crystal Palace have the best interests of the club at heart.

Reports suggest that American duo Josh Harris and David Blitzer are to complete a £100million deal which will see 70 per cent of the shares in the club change hands, with current chairman Steve Parish retaining an 18 per cent shareholding.

The pair – who own NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils – are expected to implement a first-phase £50million investment to improve Selhurst Park and help bring in new players.

“I have met the potential investors, they have a passion for this football club that reflects mine and that of chairman Steve Parish,” Pardew said.

“The backing does mean improvements to Selhurst Park which will be welcomed, that’s Steve’s job. Mine is to look after this team.

“I don’t think we’ll be doing too much business in January, maybe a few on loan. Our key players won’t be going anywhere.”

Pardew, meanwhile, is focused on the Eagles’ trip to Stoke City on Saturday.

Stoke are five places behind Pardew’s side in 11th, but could move level on points with a win at the Britannia Stadium.

“Stoke will be a very attacking team, with a lot of flair. They will need to worry about us though,” Pardew added.

“There isn’t much between us and them – this will be a key fixture for us to secure sixth.

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