December 2014 - Crystal Palace Wiretap

Alan Pardew Leaves Newcastle For Crystal Palace

Dec 30, 2014 7:56 PM

Alan Pardew hopes to manage his first game with Crystal Palace at Aston Villa on New Year’s Day after finalizing the terms of his departure from Newcastle.

The 53-year-old was back on Tyneside on Tuesday, entering the club’s academy via a side entrance, to bid farewell to the squad who he had steered into mid-table in the Premier League after a dismal start. The announcement he has returned to Palace, his first professional club but a side languishing in the relegation zone, on a four-year contract worth around £2 million per season is anticipated on Wednesday.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

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Crystal Palace Fires Neil Warnock

Dec 27, 2014 11:12 AM

Neil Warnock has been fired as manager of Crystal Palace, becoming the first Premier League sacking of the 14-15 season.

The club’s owners decided to relieve the manager of his duties in the wake of the 3-1 home defeat by Southampton on Boxing Day, a result that drew boos from the Selhurst Park crowd and sent Palace tumbling into the relegation zone.

“I slept on it, really, and just spoke to a few people and made my mind up this morning,” co-chairman Steve Parish told the Croydon Advertiser. “Neil is a great guy and he wanted to do it at Palace. It just hasn’t happened. It just wasn’t working. You always want it sorted out as soon as possible but I haven’t got anyone lined up.”

Warnock’s dismissal brings an end to a four-month tenure after he took over following Tony Pulis’s resignation on the eve of the new season. In 17 matches Warnock led the team to three wins, six draws and eight defeats.

Neil Warnock/The Observer

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EPL Clubs Charge Up To $940 For Kids To Be Mascots

Dec 18, 2014 12:38 PM

More than half the Premier League clubs have been accused of “excluding families from poorer backgrounds” after a Guardian study found that a few of them are charging as much as $704 for children to be mascots, with West Ham United’s the most expensive package at $940.

The average price of a replica kit for a junior fan costs $100, according to the study.

11 Premier League teams, most of whom have spent time in the Championship in the past 10 years, ask a fee for being a mascot on matchday. Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City both charge £450 plus VAT for their packages while West Ham’s prices range from £350-£600 depending on the fixture.

The packages vary between £250-400 at Tottenham, £300-400 at Leicester City, £150-425 at Crystal Palace and £330-390 at Stoke. Burnley, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City also charge, while Newcastle United’s corporate hospitality packages of £3,000-4,000 include mascot places.

Some clubs, including Spurs, QPR and Newcastle, do, however, offer a number of free mascot places through competitions and charities. Others do not charge at all: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton and Sunderland.

The majority of the mascot packages include hospitality places at the designated match, a free kit, signed footballs, photos of the day, match tickets, and other benefits. Some clubs, including Swansea and Stoke, describe the deals as “great value for money” and say that there are long waiting lists, yet supporters have questioned the need for Premier League clubs, many with super-rich owners, to charge such prices.

James Riach/The Guardian

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