1 Caretaker manager Keith Millen expects Alan Pardew to be installed as Crystal Palace boss by Friday.Former Palace midfielder Pardew watched the Eagles’ 0-0 draw at Aston Villa ahead of his anticipated move from Newcastle.The draw failed to lift Palace out of the Premier League relegation zone but Millen confirmed Pardew was pleased with the point after coming into the dressing room after the game.And Millen, caretaker manager since Neil Warnock was sacked last month, is just waiting for Pardew’s appointment to be rubber stamped.He said when asked if all was on track: “I think so, I don’t think he would have been at the game if there was a problem, he wouldn’t have been sitting in the stands.“We are preparing for Alan to come in tomorrow to start working. We have a big game against Dover on Sunday so we have to get our heads around that one.“I kept the lads in the know from what I knew from the chairman. Before the game when we left the hotel we weren’t sure but then I got a message to say Alan was coming.“He didn’t have any input during the game or before but he came in after and was pleased and proud with what he saw.“He said we need to add more to our game to score more goals and win football matches but it’s a good start for Alan to see us.”Millen is also set to stay with Palace after Pardew asked him to continue at the club.He said: “As the weeks go by he’ll analyse what we do. We have to learn what he wants and hopefully we can do that.“If Alan wants to bring in people I’m sure he will, we haven’t got a big staff but we work hard and are organised.” Alan Pardew with Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish
Chelsea have made an initial approach to try to lure Pep Guardiola away from Barcelona, according to the Daily Mirror.The Nou Camp boss, whose contract expires in the summer, is one of the favourites to take over at Stamford Bridge.It is claimed that tentative feelers have already been put out by intermediaries seeking to put a deal together which could see Guardiola quit the European champions to be Chelsea’s eighth manager since 2004.The Mirror also suggest Andre Villas-Boas left in tears after being sacked by the Blues – despite getting a £10m pay-off – and was also said to be upset that the majority of the squad did not say goodbye or wish him luck.The Sun declare that former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has invited Chelsea to make him an offer.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen is hoping that Chelsea will let him sign Romelu Lukaku on loan this summer.Arnesen, formerly director of football at the Bridge, is understood to want to take the 18-year-old to the Bundesliga on a season-long deal.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
By Barbara O’NeillWhat advice should Personal Finance Management Program (PFMP) staff provide about the Savings Deposit Program (SDP)?Families facing a deployment may contribute savings to a SDP plan.The Savings Deposit Program (SDP) is a special savings program for deployed service members. It guarantees 10% annual interest during a deployment and for up to three months after they return. Service members should consult with Personal Finance Management Program (PFMP) staff to find out what information is required to sign up because they can’t officially enroll in the program until they are actually deployed.Also, it is a good idea to set up an account and start saving money before the deployment so there is an account standing by to transfer future SDP savings from during the period of deployment. PFMP staff should encourage service members to take advantage of the SDP because a guaranteed 10% return is an exceptional rate of return compared to the very low current interest rates offered on civilian savings accounts.Browse more military personal finance webinars and blog posts by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on February 25, 2013.