Alan Pardew backed to lift Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish

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Crystal Palace caretaker boss Keith Millen believes Alan Pardew is the right man to take the club forward and thinks he would give them a lift should he take over.

Pardew looks destined to leave his post at Newcastle to take over at Selhurst Park, where he played for four years from 1987.

Palace are currently 18th in the Premier Division table as they prepare to take on Aston Villa on New Year’s Day.

“If Alan gets the job you understand why because of his track record and experience,” said Millen.

“I admire his record. I’m not sure how many of the staff he knows, so it would be a new person coming in with new ideas. That always gives the place a lift anyway.”

Millen will remain in charge for Thursday’s trip to Villa Park with Palace 3.09 to win a battle of two struggling teams. Villa are 2.09 while the draw is 3.07.

The 48-year-old is now in his third stint as caretaker boss at Selhurst Park and he says what the club needs is stability.

“The background to the club is quite stable, but the manager has changed too many times, without a doubt,” Millen added.

Palace are without a win in seven games since they defeated Liverpool 3-1 in November but they did manage a scoreless draw against fellow strugglers QPR on Sunday with Millen in charge following the sacking of Neil Warnock.

Newcastle have given Palace permission to talk to Pardew after compensation was agreed between the clubs.

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