ALAN Pardew fuelled speculation linking him with the vacant Crystal Palace job by refusing to speak to the Press after Newcastle United’s 3-2 win over Everton.
Pardew was today installed as the bookmakers’ favourite for the post at Selhurst Park after a flurry of bets.
The 53-year-old chose not to distance himself from the job by handing over post-match media duties to John Carver, his assistant.
Carver spoke about the victory at St James’s Park, which ended a four-game losing streak.
Asked why Pardew did not speak to the Press, Carver said: “I went into the dressing room afterwards, because we have an Under-21 fixture on Tuesday. I was sorting out the players for that, and then the manager asked me to go and do the Press.
“He just said ‘would you go and do the Press for me?’ That was it.
“I was actually eating a pie at the time! He’s fine. He’s delighted.”
Pardew has a strong affection for Palace, having spent most of his playing career at Selhurst Park.
Palace this week sacked manager Neil Warnock.