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    Alan Pardew to Extend Contract

    Alan Pardew has revealed his desire to extent his Palace contract. He claims the main reason for his desire to extent his tenure is mutual ambitions.

    This time last year, Crystal Palace were in a contrasting situation. The former Newcastle manager arrived at Selhurst Park with the club rooted to the relegation places. Pardew has demonstrated his ability to manage the South London side by propelling them to four points off the Champions League position with a game in hand. 

    The ex-Palace player is currently in talks over a contract extension. Pardew has explained his reasoning for wanting a contract extension. "The reason I am talking to them about a new contract here is because I feel we could go forward. There is no point in me staying if I don't have the ambition.

    "At this time of my career, I need to win trophies - that is probably the thing that you can hold against me as a manager, so I want to win trophies. 
    "When I came here the most important thing was to go from the concept of a manager who was trying to stay in the division - which I think Neil Warnock's mentality was - to a manager who wanted to finish higher than that," the Eagles boss said.
    "If you set your sights for the stars, you are going to fall a little bit less.
    "The biggest difference I made here was changing the mentality of the players to make them think they could go and win."It's quite an important role for a manger, to give belief. I take that as massive for this football club at the time. I think there was a lack of belief.
    "I changed the dynamic of the players and the attitude of approaching games. To go and win games and not a 'see how we go' kind of attitude to try and stay in the game."

    Pardew has also revealed one of his reasons for leaving Newcastle United last year. He claims there was discrepancy over the transfer policy at the Toon.
    "Of course I questioned my sanity at times because Newcastle is a big, big club," he said.
    "But the timing was right for me and Newcastle to say 'OK, you go down a different road now and let me go down a different road'.
    "And [Palace chairman] Steve Parish's assurances on the transfer situation were key to me coming here. He said I would have full control over transfers.
    "The way transfers were done at Newcastle I didn't entirely agree with and I didn't want that here. That was one of the big reasons I came."
    The relationship between management and fans is clearly strong at Selhurst park so this will be welcomed news to the Palace faithful.
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