Alan Pardew says Crystal Palace are in a crisis but no showdown talks with Steve Parish
By Michael Cantillon
Last Updated: 02/12/16 9:33am
Alan Pardew has refuted claims that he has one game to save his job but admits Crystal Palace are in a "crisis".
Palace's 5-4 defeat to Swansea last Saturday, in which they conceded twice in injury time, was their sixth consecutive loss in the league and their last win came on September 24.
The run has left the Eagles 17th in the table, out of the relegation zone due to goal difference only, and while Pardew conceded there have been talks between himself and chairman Steve Parish this week, he stressed these had not been about his future.
"Not really," Pardew responded when asked if their meetings had been out of the ordinary in any way. "Because we always have meetings and we speak almost every day so in terms of Steve and myself that relationship is strong.
"He wants to help but it's very difficult for him to help because he obviously can't sign anyone, but he can add his point of view, his experience and his comfort sometimes.
"The chairman and the board here have been fantastically supportive. This is a great football club and they've got great plans for it.
"This is a crisis at the moment. It's a mini-crisis that we have to get through.
"The work we've done, the work they've done, the work they want to do going forward all bodes well but we've got to get past this period.
"I think he [Parish] just really wants to see that we're putting the effort on the pitch, which I think we've done in every game so far this year, but doing it at a level where we can get ourselves a result."
Pardew took over at Selhurst Park in January 2015 enjoyed a successful start but his side's form has dropped off dramatically in 2016. Palace have the worst points-per-game record from England's top four divisions in the calendear year.
Asked if he had been told he had to win against Southampton on Saturday, Pardew added: "No but I am a realist.
"I understand the situation with the Premier League, I've got to make sure that the next result is a positive one for us. I think that pressure I will put on myself. It's a situation where I have to get results, that's the business I'm in.
"I've only ever asked for assurances on one occasion, when Joe Kinnear came in at Newcastle. I know my responsibilities.
"This is a high profile job, I'm proud of the job. I understand the feelings of our fans, none more so than at this football club, and of course for them I want to get a result on Saturday and that has been my only focus this week. I don't look for reassurances going forward, I don't want anything else, I just want a result this weekend."