Alan Pardew says he will leave it to others to judge what credit he deserves for his managerial career BUT then says if you look at the facts he’s had a ‘hell of a return’ from this season at Palace and Newcastle.
The former NUFC boss also says that he never doubted himself and the proof of that is the run Newcastle went on ‘shortly before’ he left.
Obviously not going quite as far back to the fact that Newcastle didn’t win a Premier League game until the 18th October, or as recently as the four defeats in a row he’d produced before the day he walked out when Newcastle played Everton.
Alan Pardew also gave himself a pat on the back for ‘developing a habit of beating the top teams’. Shame that didn’t extend to the derby matches with four consecutive defeats against Sunderland, the final one only a week before he jumped ship at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew speaking to ESPN:
Was there ever a time at Newcastle when you doubted yourself as a manager?
No. If I doubted myself, we would never have gone on the run we did shortly before I left. You always have to have faith in your own abilities and that has to be evident to your players.
What did you learn from what appeared to be a traumatic experience at Newcastle?
It helped me to grow as a manager because there were a lot of games at Newcastle when I was the dominant force, the focus of attention. You don’t have that kind of focus at a lot of clubs, so I learned how to ram that home. I also developed a habit of beating the top teams at Newcastle and thankfully, that has continued at Palace.
Have you been given the credit you deserve over the course of your management career?
That is for other people to say. All I can point to are the facts. If we win on Sunday, I will have collected 57 points from 37 games this season. That is a hell of a return over the two clubs given the resources I was working with. During my 18 games at Palace, we are the sixth best team in the league. The facts speak for themselves.