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Forget Klopp, Pardiola is the man for City

THERE'S been plenty of talk about Jurgen Klopp heading to Manchester City next season but for me there's only one man for the job.

If and when Manuel Pellegrini gets the boot, surely Alan Pardew must be given the chance at the Etihad?

Pards is such a shy, retiring character that he'd probably be embarrassed to be linked with such a huge job.

Who am I kidding? He'd love it - and he's fully entitled to be a bit smug after the run that Crystal Palace have been on.

They've won their last four games (including a famous victory over the Citizens) and scored 11 goals in the process.

And they've got a great chance of extending that sequence against a West Brom team who seem to have traded their Tony Pulis-style baseball caps for sombreros and flip-flops.

The Baggies lost at home to QPR and Leicester, conceding seven goals, and I can't see them getting anything at Selhurst Park.

Let's hope Pardew can lead Palace to a top-eight finish, head to City in a blaze of glory and launch an £80m swoop for Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak.

I'm sticking Palace in a treble with Everton, who should be too good for Burnley at Goodison Park, and Leicester, whose survival charge can continue with a home win over Swansea.

Forget Pards - if the Foxes stay up I'll be lobbying for Nigel Pearson to get the City gig.

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