Former Newcastle great Rob Lee had written yesterday that he thinks he knows why former manager Alan Pardew left Newcastle so quickly at the end of December last year – and Rob says it’s because he could see the current collapse coming.
Rob Lee – while at Newcastle
This is the gist of what the 49-year-old said yesterday:
“I think he saw what was coming, I really do. He knew it was going to get worse.
“It was a steady decline at Newcastle and he knew it wasn’t going to get any better. Alan Pardew is not stupid. He organises teams well but he could see what was happening.
“If he’d had an inkling it was going to get better you would not choose Crystal Palace over Newcastle United, would you? That’s no disrespect to Palace. He knew Newcastle were doing better than they should be.”
If Lee is saying he could see Newcastle’s collapse coming this year, that’s why he joined Crystal Palace that’s not what happened.
When Alan left the club Newcastle we had 26 points from 19 games played and were 10 points ahead of Crystal Palace, who were 3rd bottom.
Newcastle’s goal difference at the time was -6 and Palace’s was -10 and Palace were favorites to be relegated – just like they were last year at the same time before Tony Pulis came in.
Newcastle were comfortable after beating Everton 3-2 in Pardew’s final game in charge.
No, it looks like Alan Pardew left the club when he found out Newcastle would not strengthen the side in January.
And that turned out to be true and in fact they weakened the squad by allowing Davide Santon and Haris Vuckic to leave and didn’t spend one penny in January on any new players.
Alan had the chance to join Palace when they had only just sacked manager Neil Warnock in late December, and we’re sure Alan was also getting sick of the constant abuse he was getting from Newcastle fans – and the Sack Pardew crew.
But to say the Londoner foresaw the complete collapse at Newcastle this year is stretching it.
That has also been caused by injuries and suspensions to players like Jack Colback, Fab Coloccini, Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse this year. and an inexperienced and untested coach who was put in charge.
Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish told his friend Pardew he would be willing to build a top side in London, and given the severe restrictions at Newcastle he jumped at the chance – and left very quickly – and he has already saved Palace who are on 42 points.
What Newcastle have been left with is a ravaged squad and a coach way over his head, but one who fits in very nicely with the powers that be at the club.
And Newcastle could still be relegated this season, but hopefully three teams currently below us in the league will not reach 35 points.