‘Absurd, short-term vision’ – Palace man lambasts Pardew

Date published: Friday 29th April 2016 11:40

Lee Chung-Yong has claimed “hot-tempered” Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew’s “short-term vision” has been his downfall in the second half of the season.

The South Korea winger, who says he has no desire to stay at Selhurst Park next season, has blasted the former Newcastle boss and claims the treatment by him has been “absurd”.

“Pardew is very smart in training but he’s too hot tempered in matches, so he even forgets how many substitutes are left.

“He told me to warm up, then we used all three substitutes, so I sat on the bench again. Five minutes later, he told me to warm up again so I told him there was no substitutes left. He just said: ‘Oh, sorry’.

“Pardew also made me train as a starter for the whole week and decided to leave me out on matchday as an injured player who had not trained all week recovered and felt OK on the day. That was absurd,” he told Sports Seoul.

The 27-year-old, who signed from Bolton for a fee of £2.2m in February 2015, also claimed he had not been given sufficient opportunities after making 16 appearances and scoring twice this season.

“I have a contract with Crystal Palace until 2018 but I don’t have any reason to stay here next season. I think I should try to talk to other clubs,” added Lee, who was subbed after an hour in last week’s defeat at Manchester United.

“If I had enough opportunities and had disappointed here, I would not make any excuses. But I never had opportunities.

Lee Chung-Yong

“Pardew said he had wanted to sign me at Newcastle as well. It seemed that he really wanted to sign me so I decided to join Crystal Palace. But I got injured in January and returned in April.

“During that time, Crystal Palace did really well with [Jason] Puncheon, [Yannick] Bolasie and [Wilfried] Zaha. So my place was gone.

“Pardew runs the team with very short-term vision. We have a great squad but he plays the same players again and again until someone gets injured.

“Then his replacement cannot play well because he is playing for the first time in two months. I think that’s why we have not done well in the latter half of season.”

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