The Co-Chairman of Crystal Palace, Steve Parish, doesn’t understand why anybody would question if the compensation of around £3m had been worth it for Alan Pardew.

Fair play to Palace for making the move when they were fighting relegation but I still don’t meet many (if any?) Newcastle fans who are wringing their hands, wondering how stupid anybody was to want rid of Alan Pardew.

Though I do meet plenty wringing their hands at how ridiculous it was to appoint John Carver in his place.

Steve Parish speaking to the South London Press:

“He (Alan Pardew) is a leader. Someone that people believe in and follow. He’s instilled confidence in players – to be braver and put the ball at risk.

“I don’t think many people, when we were third from bottom at the time, would say we would get out of it by playing more football. It was a brave thing to do.”

Second to Arsene Wenger:

“Alan has been able to achieve something that had been tried but that we’d either not been able to do it or wanted to do it.

“It helps if you have had the second most time in the Premier League after Arsene Wenger.”

Buying experience (Ironic that Parish talks of buying experience when NUFC appointed somebody who has never managed a Premier League club):

“Experience is what you buy with a football manager, so that players are not questioning and are trusting.”

“Alan is so experienced and we had the chance to get him because he lived down here and had affinity with the club.”

Because he’s worth it:

“You always read these things that a manager isn’t worth that much. For us though it has proved not to be the case.

“In the Premier League you buy almost a development player for that kind of money – and this is your leader. If you haven’t got the right leader in a business you are never going to succeed.”

A very telling comment at the end there.

Parish saying that you are never going to succeed unless you have got the right leader.

At the moment Newcastle United are missing leadership throughout the club.

It should be a major embarrassment for Mike Ashley and his minions that they have let the team fall apart again this season through lack of investment AND leadership.

Yes Palace have gone on a great run under Pardew but for them to go from a relegation position to overtaking Newcastle in the Premier League in less than three months, tells you just as much about what a shambles we’ve seen since the turn of the year.

Though it can’t be forgotten, or forgiven, that Alan Pardew was a key figure in creating the climate for the current situation to develop, not challenging Mike Ashley when it was obvious there were glaring weaknesses in the squad that needed to be addressed. That being over a number of years, not just the last 12 or 18 months.

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