Former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has been linked with a sensational move to Australian A-League side Melbourne City.
Premier League side Crystal Palce sacked Alan Pardew after a disappointing start to the Premier League this season – with their former player and boss taking home a £5million payout.
He played a pivotal role in guiding Crystal Palace to the Final of FA Cup, where they lost to Man Utd in extra-time. But he has been axed after a poor run of results this season.
And now he was snapped watching Sutton United’s 0-0 draw with Wimbledon on Saturday and sources claim that he is a potential candidate to take charge at Melbourne City.
Recent reports claim that the City Football Group, who owns Manchester city and also Melbourne City, are now impressed with Pardew’s track record in the Premier League and can rope him as the new manager of the Australian A-League side.
After John van’t Schip’s resignation last week, the Australian side Melbourne City are now without a manager and it is believed that the owners have identified Pardew in bid to fill the void.
Michael Valkanis has been appointed as the interim manager but the owners are now in the hunt for a permanent replacement.
Reports in Australia claim that a total of 60 candidates have lined up for the vacant job after van’t Schip resigned.
Melbourne City made a good start by clinching the FFA Cup in November but failed to clinch a single victory in 5 games when the Dutch manager decided to quit.
However, interim manager Valkanis has revealed his desire to take up the job permanently.
He said: “I’m ready to do this right. It’s what we’ve been working towards all these years.”
“It was a shock to me when I received a call from JVS saying he was going to resign to go back for his dad.”
“He gave me a blessing to go on with it and do it. He had given me a lot of responsibility already, he was a really good manager to work with so not much will change with what goes on out on the training ground.”