It was really surprising and maybe the first time it’s happened, that a Newcastle manager left the club because he chose to manage at a smaller club with much fewer resources than a club like Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew – at Crystal Palace
But that’s what happened with Alan Pardew – who couldn’t seem to get out of the door quickly enough on Tyneside, when the Crystal Palace manager position became available.
Alan got off to a great start yesterday when Palace came from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 at Selhurst Park, in his first league game in charge.
This is what pundit Jamie Redknapp has said today about why Alan left Newcastle:
“Anyone wondering why Alan Pardew changed clubs only had to look at Selhurst Park on Saturday,” “At Newcastle, the ‘Sack Pardew’ banners were on ice. At Palace, they would have carried him out of the ground if they could.”
It’s not an easy job to be the Newcastle manager and the stresses and strains are much more than at a smaller club like Crystal Palace.
Maybe Alan Pardew just got sick of all the adversity at Newcastle, and realized there were easier ways of making a living than managing on Tyneside.
Or maybe he was getting sick of the handcuffs put on him by the owner?
Pardew lasted four years at Newcastle and he did well in his first 18 months when he saw out the second half of the first season in charge after taking over from Chris Hughton – and he did that without Andy Carroll who Mike Ashley sold in the January window to Liverpool for £35M – just to make things interesting.
And then we finished 5th in the Premier League in May of 2012, and everything seemed to be looking up on Tyneside, but then things went terribly wrong.
The squad wasn’t big enough for Europe and we struggled against relegation in the second half of the next season – two years ago – and then last year was just pitiful in terms of our results.
We noticed Newcastle didn’t stand in Alan’s way and let him leave quickly, but now we may pay for that if we cannot get a decent coach in soon.
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