Palace have been flying under Alan Pardew


As Crystal Palace claimed their third goal inside the first half at Selhurst Park on Saturday it may well have dispelled any lingering doubts, if they existed, from the United States consortium expected to announce its takeover of the club early next week.Palace’s Premier League status is now all but secured and it is no coincidence that some of the biggest names in Wall Street have made a decisive £100  million move to buy into the league a month after the announcement of the £5.2 billion domestic television rights deal.

That the renewed deal pretty much coincided with the revival under new manager Alan Pardew was a glorious piece of serendipity for Palace’s current owners who have been in talks – on and off and then on again – with Josh Harris and his group although it was hard to conclude a sale if the club were in a relegation scrap. How could they settle on a price?

Pardew’s role, in fact, should not be underestimated given he is regarded as a proven Premier League manager which makes his appointment by Palace chairman Steve Parish after the sacking of Neil Warnock all the more shrewd.

Not that Pardew has been party to the takeover or the discussions but he is recognised, by the current owners and the prospective new ones, as a manager who has the vision to help rebuild Palace.

If Palace stay up, Pardew will begin that process this summer with a major overhaul of the club’s training ground in New Beckenham to bring it up to Premier League standards.

After that the bigger question for Palace – and something that will excite the supporters and confirm the expected new owners ambition – will be the rebuilding of Selhurst Park which is certainly high on the agenda and then tapping into the huge potential the club have to be a significant force in London football.