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Exclusive: Palace legend hails imminent appointment of Alan Pardew

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PALACE legend Geoff Thomas has hailed the imminent appointment of his former team-mate Alan Pardew as the club's new manager.

Thomas, who has kept in regular contact with Pardew, says he can't see any negativity surrounding the move from Newcastle United among the Eagles faithful.

And Thomas believes the chance to come back to Selhurst Park is ideal with the experience gained during Pardew's managerial years so far.

"I think it's a really good fit, I really do," he told the Advertiser.

"It's like he's done his apprenticeship and a lot more, winning the Manager of the Year award in 2012, and he's been through a lot of pain with Newcastle this year but has turned that around.

"Alan has proven what sort of character he is, and in some ways I think it's great he's been given this opportunity for himself to go somewhere fresh after doing that.

"It is all positive for Palace. They are getting a good manager. As a footballer, most of his career was at Palace and obviously he's in the folklore of the club for getting that goal in the FA Cup semi-final.

"He will always be remembered for that in 1990. It's Super Al on his return, and I can see the fans being positive about it."

For the full interview with Geoff Thomas, do not miss Friday's Croydon Advertiser.

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Exclusive: Palace legend hails imminent appointment of Alan Pardew


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