Crystal Palace fans in the Tavern might want to go and buy another drink or three after hearing Carlo Ancelotti’s claims that Alan Pardew should be considered to replace England boss Roy Hodgson when he leaves the position.
Pardew and Palace have been in fine form this season and they currently sit in 6th place in the Premier League. As a result, Ancelotti’s positive claims came in an exclusive interview, courtesy of The Telegraph.
When Ancelotti, currently without a managerial role, was asked about the managerial situation in England, he said:
“Maybe a new manager can grow and come into the picture, but it is difficult to explain the current situation. You have good managers, though. [Alan] Pardew is really good. He did very well at Newcastle and is doing a good job at Crystal Palace. I think at this moment, Pardew is one of the best managers in England. He is doing really well.”
And Ancelotti, who has managed several top European teams, including Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid, is convinced that Pardew would do a good job should he take charge of England in the future.
“If England wanted an English manager after Hodgson, then Pardew is really good and I think he is the best option to be manager of the national team. I think he is the best candidate,”
However, the Italian seemed surprised that there were not many English managers at the top of the game, using the example of Gary Neville’s recent appointment at Valencia as one exception.
“It’s a very interesting project for Gary Neville, but I respect his decision to take a big challenge in a new country. He is learning from Roy Hodgson with England and will have learned so much from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, so it is good to see a young, English coach like Gary test himself like this. I wish him great success.”
“But I am surprised by this [lack of English managers at the cutting edge of European football] and it is difficult to find an explanation.”
Palace fans at the bar believe that Pardew would be the obvious choice for the next England boss but are reluctant to count their eggs too quickly, stating that when Hodgson leaves his post the Three Lions should adopt a foreign coach with new ideas.
Crystal Palace fans, do you think that Pardew would make a good England manager? Leave your comments below!