Having led the club to the FA Cup final last season, Pardew went into this campaign with his stock relatively high, but a disastrous run of just one win in 11 Premier League matches saw Palace sack their coach on December 22, and replace him with Sam Allardyce.
But rather than holding a grudge and being bitter about how things turned out, Pardew is being a bit more philosophical about things – and is comparing his dismissal to the famous scene involving Al Pacino and Robert de Niro in Michael Mann’s 1995 classic Heat.
In the scene, Pacino and de Niro’s character come face to face for the first time in a coffee house, with Pacino explaining that whilst it was nice to talk, one man is going to have to defeat the other.
“You do what you gotta do, and I’ll do what I gotta do.
And when speaking in an interview with the Times, via Mundial Magazine, Pardew referenced the scene, and explained: “It’s a bit like us in football.
“Chairman, manager. You do what you gotta do but it’s not personal. It’s the business.”
We have absolutely no idea what on Earth managing in the Premier League has to do with a classic 90s gangster movie, or why Pardew feels the need to compare the two.
But we gave up trying to work out Alan Pardew’s thought process a long time ago.
What do you make of his analogy?