Former Palace boss backs Pardew

Moment of the Matchday – Matchday 01

Former Crystal Palace manager Alan Smith feels under-fire boss Alan Pardew should be given more time by the club's board of directors.

Pardew currently has the worst record of any manager in the top four professional divisions of the English Football League pyramid despite being backed significantly in the transfer market.

The former Newcastle manager was lauded by the Eagles faithful last season after a brilliant period of results until the Christmas period and leading them to the final of the FA Cup – the first time in 26 years.

However, after six straight losses in the league – the Englishman has come under severe scrutiny by British media on whether or not he can turn around the club's fortunes.

"They haven't got an alternative and I can't come up with an alternative so I think if you can't, you stick with what you've got and make it work," he told Standard Sport

"He's a fighter Alan, he won't give in on it easy, so I'd stick with him.

"It's the defence that's letting them down and it's easier to coach back four players than it is front players. 

"That could pretty easily be dealt with, the bigger problem is when you're not scoring goals. My advice would be to stick with him."