Alan Pardew is demanding a massive pay-off from Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew is demanding a massive pay-off from Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew has conceded his future at Crystal Palace is dependent upon arresting the side's dismal recent form and admitted the club find themselves in "crisis" ahead of today's pivotal home game against Southampton. I don't look for reassurances going forward.

"I understand the situation with the Premier League, I've got to make sure that the next result is a positive one for us".

He has a significant cheerleader in co-owner Steve Parrish, whom he met with this week, but he was also quick to acknowledge the club's American investors and that "they are anxious - they want us to get a result".

According to The Mirror, Mancini has "declared an interest" in the top job at Palace as pressure intensifies on Pardew following the Eagles' sixth successive league defeat.

'The chairman and the board here have been fantastically supportive, ' Pardew said.

Palace have lost their last six league games and hover outside the relegation zone only on goal difference, with the playing and coaching staff having spent this week attempting to recover from the shock of their chaotic 5-4 defeat at Swansea. "Our fans travel to Burnley and Swansea, games that we should have won and had opportunities to win, and we have to pay them back".

"No one can perform under pressure and I try to limit myself from that pressure". They want us to get a result. It's a mini-crisis that we have to get through.

"We have to defend that last third, at set-plays, in a more resolute manner". Steve relays the fears of the whole group - we have a lot other investors - and of course they're anxious.

"Of course when we win games in different competitions it's a good feeling, but it's important to stay and to continue this work", said Puel. We've worked a little bit in training this week for the whole group, understanding how to see a game out.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is to have surgery on a knee injury - which will keep him out for around six weeks.