sport news Pardew There will be all smiles ahead of Palace clash

West Brom host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon The clash at the Hawthorns will be Alan Pardew's first in charge of West Brom Pardew is optimistic that he will get a positive reacting from the Palace fans 

By Laurie Whitwell for the Daily Mail

Published: 23:25 GMT, 1 December 2017 | Updated: 23:25 GMT, 1 December 2017

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Alan Pardew expects a Hawthorns love-in when he takes charge of his first West Bromwich Albion game against Crystal Palace.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson is still thought of very warmly at Albion for guiding the club to 11th and 10th-place finishes with an attractive brand of football before taking the England job.

And Pardew is optimistic he will get a positive reaction from travelling fans for his history with the club as a player and manager.

Alan Pardew will come up against his former side Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon

Alan Pardew will come up against his former side Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon

Pardew was sacked by Palace 11 months ago but led them to an FA Cup final and tenth in the Premier League during his tenure.

‘I hope I get a good reception because I always had a fantastic relationship with them,’ he said. ‘They’re great fans and I will make a point of giving them a little wave.

‘Roy did a really superb job here and I played against him. I have always admired him. He’s a coach who has a great knowledge of

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