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Pardew: Next season a big one

Published 25/05/2015

Alan Pardew believes his second season at Crystal Palace will be tougher
Alan Pardew believes his second season at Crystal Palace will be tougher

Alan Pardew insists Crystal Palace must embrace the belief they are now an established fixture in the Barclays Premier League.

Pardew inherited an Eagles team that was stranded in the relegation zone when he took over in January, yet masterminded their highest finish in the Premier League when Sunday's 1-0 victory over Swansea lifted them to 10th.

It has been a fairytale return to Selhurst Park for former midfielder Pardew, but the Palace boss knows that tougher times await in the club's third successive season in the top flight.

"It's reassuring that we should think we're an established Premier League club, I don't feel that belief is a dangerous thing," Pardew said.

"The second year is the trickier one because we won't have the adrenaline that accompanied the momentum we generated after that difficult start.

"There will be some pitfalls and dark days, I'm sure, but the most important thing is that our squad should know the players we sign in the summer are not taking their place, they are coming to fight for their place."

Pardew believes the pressure on managers to avoid relegation next season will be greater than ever due to the Premier League's £5.136billion broadcasting rights deal coming into effect for 2016-17.

"It's going to be a big year for the Premier League, the chairman know that. The TV deal is such that the pressure on us guys, who are always the focal point, will be huge," he said.

"It will be a really topsy-turvy season next year with managers coming and going.

"This summer in the transfer window is important for all managers, including myself.

"We've had some conversations, trying to get a feel for the market. It's a difficult market. We need to find a little more quality in that final third."

Swansea were also able to celebrate their highest finish in the Premier League, starting the final day of the campaign assured of eighth regardless of the outcome at Selhurst Park.

Manager Garry Monk has surpassed all expectations and hopes to agree new contract terms in the coming days, before embarking on what he believes will be a hectic summer.

"You don't get a holiday in this job, it's all about preparation for next season - recruitment, pre-season, training and preparing the staff for the improvements we need to make," Monk said.

"It will be quite a short summer period, just five weeks. The league has lasted two weeks longer and starts a week earlier, so there are three weeks gone.

"It's a short turn around, but the players will be ready for next season."

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