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Pardew to sign Crystal Palace deal before FA Cup final

Alan Pardew will commit his future to Crystal Palace by signing a new contract before Saturday's FA Cup final with Manchester United.

Pardew is committing his future to Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Despite a poor run of league form during the second half of the season that ended with them finishing 15th, the manager has impressed since his appointment and it is believed has been rewarded with an extension on his current deal, which runs to 2018.

Details of the new contract remain undisclosed but Pardew said: "We are probably going to (sign) it before the game."

The manager has done much to rebuild his reputation since returning to Palace in January 2015, and victory on Saturday would represent his finest achievement.

It would also mark 10 years since his West Ham team almost won the 2006 FA Cup against Liverpool, while Palace lost to United in the 1990 final while he was a player.

Crystal Palace with injury worries ahead of FA Cup final

Alan Pardew has worries over several Crystal Palace starters for the FA Cup final Credit: AP

Crystal Palace are overseeing a minor injury crisis in the build-up to Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United, but manager Alan Pardew is confident his team will be close to fully fit come kick-off.

The Eagles boss rested Wilfried Zaha, Wayne Hennessey and Scott Dann in the final Premier League game of the season at the weekend and opted not to not risk Yohan Cabaye, Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham, who had minor knocks.

Joe Ledley will definitely miss out because of a fractured fibula that could yet end his hopes of appearing for Wales at Euro 2016 but, beyond him, the potential absences of Wickham and Cabaye have left Pardew concerned.

The manager also suggested that Emmanuel Adebayor could be in line to replace Wickham if the English forward didn't recover.

We had so many missing and we rested Scotty Dann, but Connor was missing for a knock, we're a little bit worried about him, Cabaye had a knock and we were worried about him.

Zaha looks okay but we couldn't risk him. We had a few problems going into this game, I'm hoping they'll all clear themselves up. They usually do, cup final week, I find. Hopefully that'll be the case.

We can look forward to the preparation, and the attention, that's going to come to this fixture, and then we've got to win it, and that's what we'll try and do.

(Emmanuel Adebayor's) been great for us, so we'll wait and see if he's going to start; Connor's injury, who knows, he may start. We'll have to wait.

– Alan Pardew

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Pardew: I see myself in positive Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew claims he sees much of himself in Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp.

The charismatic German became one of football's more popular figures during his reign at Borussia Dortmund and, since joining Liverpool and inspiring them to remain undefeated in six and earn three straight wins, he has attracted attention for his passion on the sidelines.

Pardew is also known for his passion, and ahead of Palace's Premier League trip to Liverpool on Sunday he dismissed suggestions that their similarities mean they are likely to clash.

"I do see him on the sideline, and I look at myself and think 'That's very similar to how I am'," said Pardew.

"He never gives too many negative things out, even though he's quite involved in the game, and I like to think I don't either."

Pardew buries hatchet and praises 'great' Wenger

Alan Pardew (left) and Arsene Wenger have had their disagreements. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has described Arsene Wenger as one of the great managers ahead of their Premier League match-up on Sunday.

Palace take on Arsenal at Selhurst Park hoping to extend a poor start to the season for the Gunners, who suffered a shock defeat to West Ham on the opening weekend.

The pair clashed on the touchline in 2006 when Wenger took exception to Pardew celebrating a last-minute winner for West Ham, and Pardew has also criticised the Frenchman for failing to promote English players.

The Eagles boss insists those disagreements after now firmly in the past.

"On the touchline we all have run-ins - we've both been in this game a long time," he said.

"In my opinion he is one of the great managers, absolutely. I don't think we'd ever seen the type of football played in the Premier League before Arsene.

"He definitely educated coaches and managers in this country on the beauty of possession.

"He's a very brave manager to play the way he does week in week out and stick to the principles he has.

Palace boss Pardew takes no pleasure in overtaking Newcastle

Alan Pardew is focused on Palace. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says he takes no satisfaction from seeing his new club overtake former employers Newcastle in the league.

Pardew has taken the Eagles from the relegation zone to now being one place above Newcastle.

I think my record at Newcastle speaks for itself.

I was manager of the year there just three or four years ago so I don't need to talk about that.

It gives me no satisfaction, and I mean that with all of my heart, that we are above them.

I can understand why some of the media would think that because of the way I left the football club, but the fact is the results we have had here have been terrific and I am really pleased with the progress the club is making.

That's what your focus is as a manager. You don't look back.

– Alan Pardew
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