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  • 09 May
    How about now, Alan?Less than three months after he declared the timing was not right to be manager of England, Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew finds himself again faced with the possibility of taking over the national team as rumours and conjecture swirl regarding his status ahead of Friday nights match at Goodison Park versus Everton.The Three Lions are again without a manager following the shocking departure of Sam Allardyce, whose biggest sin in the entrapment video splashed for the world to see by The Daily Telegraph was explaining how to circumvent FA rules regarding third-party ownership of players to reporters posing as businessmen.Though the position of national manager has been more akin to a poisoned chalice than one that brings glory for the better part of a generation now, Pardew has never hid his desire to lead England or waned in his want of the job. In the opening of his first-person column for The Daily Mail on July 1, he stated I want to be the England manager. It is a job I aspire to and it is an ambition of mine.But not now.Oddsmakers have installed Pardew as the favourite to take the national job, with Bournemouth skipper Eddie Howe, former Hull manager Steve Bruce and Glenn Hoddle -- Englands manager from 1979-88 -- also considered to be candidates. Interim coach and Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate will lead the team for the next four matches as a live audition to gage his prospects for taking the job full-time.The gossip regarding the coaching vacancy at St. Georges Park has overshadowed Palaces bid to win a fourth straight league match on the trot. The Eagles (3-1-2) bounced back from their EFL Cup ouster at the hands of Southampton to rally past Allardyces old team Sunderland 3-2 at the Stadium of Light last Saturday.Joe Ledley and James McArthur scored 15 minutes apart in the second half to cancel out a brace by Jermain Defoe before Christian Benteke snatched the match-winner four minutes into injury time by heading home a corner delivered by Chung-Young Lee.The result is a massive win for us all, we knew it was not going to be easy here but we showed, especially in the second half, some great character as a team to come back in the game, said Benteke, who has been rejuvenated since coming to Palace from Liverpool, to Palaces official website.Since the draw against Bournemouth we have shown what we are about but we must continue to do that and today showed why English football is the best league in the world because from the first minute to the last everything is possible and we go away with all three points.The goals have suddenly dried up for Everton, whose fast start has fizzled somewhat. The Toffees try to get back on track at Goodison Park, where Yannick Bolasie will face his former team for the first time since moving to Merseyside.Everton (4-1-1) were held off the scoresheet in a surprising 2-0 home loss to Norwich City on Sept. 20 in the third round of the EFL, and the offence again was lacking in Saturdays 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth. A thunderbolt from distance by Junior Stanislas in the 23rd minute stood at the match-winner, and after a listless first hour, the Toffees finished with just two shots on target.Its always about preparing yourself in football and they started much better than we did. In the first half Bournemouth were the better team, manager Ronald Koeman conceded to Evertons official website. In the second half, we showed what we needed to do … its a pity because you need to start like that as well.Koeman could be eying a change in attack, where Gerard Deulofeu again brought a spark to a listless Toffees team after being introduced on the hour for Kevin Mirallas. While Gareth Barry became just the third player to make 600 Premier League appearances, he also was ineffective due to a knock picked up in practice.Its a good opportunity to take three points because we are coming into the game on the back of a loss to Bournemouth, Deulofeu said. Were happy to be playing at home and were looking to win to make sure we go into the international break with 16 points from a possible 21.With that break looming after this contest, having two weeks to stew over a three-match losing streak is something that doesnt sit well with defender Phil Jageilka.Thats a massive game at home before the international break so its important we get back to our winning ways, Jageilka said. We will look at the video and iron out a few things we did wrong and then move onto Palace.Romelu Lukaku has proven to be a handful for Palace, having scored goals in three of the last four matches between the teams.Relegated to a subplot in this contest is Bolasie, who left Palace for Everton on a £30 million transfer Aug. 15. He has yet to open his scoring account in his first six matches with the Toffees, but did have assists in his previous two league matches before the loss to Bournemouth.The teams split the points on both occasions last season, including a 1-1 draw in the corresponding fixture as Lukaku netted the equaliser nine minutes from time. Palace, though, are unbeaten in their last three trips to Goodison Park (2-1-0). Adidas Stan Smith Clearance . There are some early surprises in the race for the Hart Trophy, but two of the contenders are the leagues biggest stars over the past decade. 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