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Pardew: Europe Always A Disruption

14 October 2016

West Ham go into Saturday's game at Selhurst Park having taken four points from their opening eight games but Alan Pardew believes that the additional European fixtures will not have helped their cause in the opening weeks of the season.   

"They have had Europa League of course and that is always disruptive," he said. "I’ve been involved in that and it kicks in very early in the season, causes logistical issues regarding players that you are going to include on the trips, or are you going to leave them behind to get ready for the next league game. 

"Some of the games are not up to the quality of the Premier League so it is a difficult balancing act that means you can lose your way a little bit and it has certainly affected West Ham. You cannot fault the manager and the players that they have and I see it being a case of them getting the right result and moving on from there."

Another factor that has been highlighted by some for the disappointing start has been the move to the new stadium and the Palace boss believes this would not have been an easy transition.   

"Moving into a new stadium is always difficult as you take away years and years of traditions that has seen West Ham fans taking their sons and grandchildren to Upton Park," the Eagles manager said.

"I had a similar experience at Reading when we moved to the new stadium and it takes a while, and I am sure some West Ham fans are finding the move a difficult one. I can understand it as your heritage as a club is based elsewhere but I am sure they will find a way and hopefully sooner rather than later." 

At his pre-match press conference on Friday Alan spoke of how he expects Slaven Bilic to show his experience and turn things around at the new London Stadium.  

"Slaven Bilic is an experienced manager and an international one at that, he will know how to deal with it more than I will," Pardew added. 

"He has just had a few results that have not gone very well but I am in the same profession as him so don’t consider him under pressure, but these days people are so quick to jump on managers and put the blame at their door. All he can do is the best that he can and Slaven is very capable of doing that." 

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