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Alan Pardew’s Programme Notes Are Really Bitter About Leicester and Jamie Carragher

Alan Pardew’s Programme Notes Are Really Bitter About Leicester and Jamie Carragher

Alan Pardew is apparently a man who holds onto things.

The Crystal Palace manager can be one of the spikiest coaches in the English Premier League, and it appears he isn’t too happy with some of his contemporaries.

His Palace side take on Leicester City this afternoon, with just one win in their last 12 Premier League matches, and they’ll be desperate to ruin the Foxes dream title challenge.

But there’s some side beef between Pardew and Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, with the Italian apparently refusing to shake Pardew’s hand when the two teams played at the King Power Stadium earlier this season.

After that match, Pardew said he wouldn’t forget it – and he hasn’t.

In his programme notes for today’s game, he seems awfully bitter about Leicester’s fairytale run, writing: “Unlike Leicester we have been unfortunate to lose key players for long periods,” and “Today’s opponents have been awarded 10 penalties this season, which is double the total of any other team.”

He also hasn’t forgotten to take a swipe at Jamie Carragher, after the Liverpool icon said Christian Benteke was right to go down in the box to win a dubious last-minute penalty against Palace a few weeks ago, and appears to suggest that Carragher is bias.

He continues: “What annoyed me most were Jamie Carragher’s strong comments after the game stating that Christian Benteke was right to go down and win the penalty.

“I couldn’t disagree more with those sentiments and it is a shame that so many former and current players share his opinion that diving is a valid tactic.”

“Would Carragher have had the same opinion if Wilf (Wilfried Zaha) had gone down in the box in the 94th minute of a massive game at Anfield? I suspect not, but loyalties can blur opinions at times.”

To make Pardew even more angry, at the time this article was published, it’s currently Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester. We’re sure that’ll help his mood.

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