Reports Of Pardew Wanting To Leave Newcastle
Alan Pardew’s position at Newcastle was considered to be a one way process, with Mike Ashley in total control of his destiny.
However, there are now reports that the Newcastle manager has expressed his interest in rejoining old club Crystal Palace who are currently without a manager after Ian Holloway’s departure.
It is claimed by The Mirror amongst others, that an intermediary has contacted Palace on behalf of Pardew to declare his interest.
The stories acknowledge that likely compensation to Ashley could be the biggest problem, though the Palace Chairman Steve Parish has repeatedly said his preference is for a new manager who has previous links to the club.
While the eight year contracts handed out to Pardew and his coaches were presented as a generous move by the Newcastle owner, I couldn’t help but think that the main thrust of it was to ensure that Ashley was in control of Pardew’s future.
With no public complaints despite next to no backing in the transfer market this summer and Pardew allowing his name to be put to party line public statements, on both the summer transfer window and the newspaper ban fiasco, unless Ashley is actively looking to get rid I find it hard to imagine him allowing such a subservient manager to leave.
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