Tuesday 25 October 2016

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew not fazed by criticism from Charlton fans in derby tie

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will not be rattled by criticism from Charlton fans when the teams meet in the League Cup third round tonight.

Pardew is not popular among Addicks supporters after he oversaw the club's relegation from the Premier League in 2007 and then departed midway through the 2008-09 season, as Charlton went on to finish bottom of the Championship table. The 54-year-old has since recovered his reputation after successful stints at Southampton, Newcastle and now Palace, but Charlton supporters are likely to give their former boss a hard time at Selhurst Park tonight.

"It is part and parcel of the game," Pardew said. "It did not work out for me or Charlton, unfortunately, as much as I tried so if they have bad feelings about that, there is nothing I can do.

"All I can do is try and create the best team I can in the job that I am in."

He added: "I just think that it is a game which is important for both sets of fans," he said. "It is a derby, it is two clubs that have had some history. I am obviously part of that history as well - so there will be a lot of feeling about the game. It is a game I am looking forward to."

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