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Alan Pardew ‘It wasn’t me who was struggling at Newcastle, it was the fans and the club’

6 years ago

Alan Pardew has once again been talking about his time at St James Park and his eventual separation from Newcastle United.

As always, good value to hear our former manager’s version of history.

Alan Pardew was being interviewed for NBC Sports ‘Men In Blazers’ podcast and was asked a question regarding accepting the Crystal Palace job, whilst he was ‘struggling’ at Newcastle United.

The now Crystal Palace boss was quick to jump on the wording of the question, insisting that it wasn’t a case of ‘struggling’ at St James Park, at least not where he was concerned.

Pardew said that whilst the club and the Newcastle fans WERE struggling, he wasn’t. Explaining his reasoning, the former United boss said that he was getting good results when you took into account the team that he had.

Alan Pardew saying that ‘in the last two or three months it was difficult because the fans weren’t happy with the investment in the team, or the results we were getting’.

Of course the fans weren’t unhappy with the results of the ‘last two or three months’ which included the strange blip of a five game winning run, which was at odds with the previous 10 months or so.

The 3-2 win over Everton proved to be Alan Pardew’s last game in charge but obviously he’d decided to leave before that as he left straight after the game and made John Carver do the post-match press stuff.

To give it a bit of perspective, in Alan Pardew’s previous 38 Premier League games (a full season’s worth) he had collected only 37 points and had lost a staggering 21 of the 38 Premier League matches.

Anyway, we all know the highs and lows of Alan Pardew’s four years at Newcastle United, this is what he had to say on the ‘Men in Blazers’ podcast:

“It wasn’t me that was struggling at Newcastle, it was the fans, a little bit, and the club. We were ninth in the Premier League and quite comfortable. It wasn’t as straightforward a decision as people thought.

“I genuinely came back here (Crystal Palace) because the DNA of how I wanted to run a club and what I wanted to do, would fit me much better.

“I knew I would get the backing from the public, the players and more importantly, the board. I knew that I would get a chance to build something and I am not going to waste that chance.

“At Newcastle, in the last two or three months it was difficult because the fans weren’t happy with the investment in the team, or the results we were getting, which were good with the team we had.

“So we had a lot of problems and bad feeling….the contrast to that was to come to Palace. Getting that greeting, passion and love is going to lift anyone’s spirit.

 “I hadn’t even got a result and they were singing my name. That gives you even extra desire to deliver for them and so far, as a staff, we’ve managed to do that.”


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