Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann, says that people in Newcastle must realise that Alan Pardew was a ‘bit better’ than they thought.

After watching John Carver add a fifth in a row to Pardew’s previous four on the bounce derby defeats, Newcastle fans will wonder what exactly they are missing out on.

Although maybe they would generally agree that at least Alan Pardew is a ‘bit better’ than John Carver.

Dann says that the Palace squad had heard rumours that the then United boss may be arriving as manager, but they dismissed it as very unlikely.

Expressing his surprise that Newcastle did let their manager go, Scott Dann says that Pardew’s biggest contribution is what he does on the training pitch.

After Alan Pardew left, Newcastle have staggered on and picked up only 2 wins in 13 matches under John Carver.

In contrast, Crystal Palace have climbed from  18th when they changed managers to now stand one point above Newcastle in 12th place.

Victory tonight against Manchester City would see Crystal Palace move up to 11th and only 3 points away from 9th place in the Premier League.

Scott Dann:

“I think people in Newcastle might realise now that he’s a bit better than they thought because we have really pushed on since he arrived.

“I am surprised Newcastle let him go. When all the changes were going on, we heard rumours he could arrive, but we didn’t think it would happen.

“The majority of work he does is on the training ground and you always know exactly what your job is.”