“I’d gone from non-league, where I was like a golden boy, and suddenly I was the boo boy at Crystal Palace. I couldn’t get my head around it. I got a thick skin from that”
Before becoming one of England’s most recognisable managers, Alan Pardew was so influential a non-league player that in 1987 he earned a transfer to Crystal Palace, where under Steve Coppell he eventually played alongside England internationals Gareth Southgate and Ian Wright. He became a popular figure at the club where he later returned as manager.
In the first part of an exclusive interview with The Coaches’ Voice, Pardew revisits those transformational years that provided the foundation for his career in management, much of which has unfolded in the Premier League.