Alan Pardew has talked about his time at Newcastle and it was his decision to leave the club after Newcastle and his former club Crystal Palace agreed compensation to free him from his contract.
Alan Pardew – while at Newcastle for just over four years
And Pardew says nothing too controversial about his stay at Newcastle, other than what we already know – that it is very tightly run financially by owner Mike Ashley – and that could still scare off some candidates for the new position of head coach at Newcastle.
This is some of what Alan said at his press conference today:
“Newcastle is a big club, it’s difficult because it is run on a tight financial margin. We had to work hard on transfers, the funds for a club that size makes it difficult to understand that we had to build slowly.”
“I am under no illusions – the football community and there was a concern about it. It was the right time for Newcastle but this was my decision.”
“Steve Parish met the clause in my contract and I hope this is the right decision.” “Four years under that monetary situation, along with the history, made it difficult. I have left it with a good base of players.”
“I want to thank all Geordies. My resilience and character has grown because of the nature of the club.” “The most important welcome was from the staff and the players. They have told me what the need and that information is important.”
“The players have a tremendous attitude. We have a tough challenge, we are in the bottom three with 18 games to go.” “Our home form is not good and we have to change that. The players need a lift, maybe a signing or two could do that.”
“Realistically one place above relegation would be success. We need between 35-40 points to stay up.”
According to reports Pardew will get £1M additional compensation if he can keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
And that’s certainly worth it to Chairman Steve Parish, given that each PL club every May receives between £60M and £100M in funds based on the huge worldwide TV deal the league has negotiated.
Crystal Palace are currently 3rd bottom of the PL with 17 points from their first 20 games, and Alan Pardew has a decent chance of keeping them in England’s top flight, and they are currently just one point from safety.
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