There are probably two main reasons why Alan Pardew left Newcastle in late December – the first one being he was told Newcastle would not be spending any money in the January transfer window to strengthen what was already a weak squad.
The second was that he was getting increasingly frustrated that he didn’t have enough say on who would be coming into the club, with the main man on that being Chief Scout Graham Carr – who holds some significant power at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew at Newcastle with John Carver
Both have now left the club
It was surprising that Pardew left for a smaller club like Crystal Palace, but he is revered there by the fans because of his career there as a player.
Alan famously scored the winning goal for Palace in extra time in the 1990 semi-final against Liverpool, which they won 4-3 to take them to Wembley.
And they drew 3-3 with Manchester United in the final with Palace’s Ian Wright equalizing in the 92nd minute, before losing the replay 1-0.
Alan Pardew has even said Palace can now challenge the likes of Newcastle United in the transfer market:
“We could challenge Newcastle, Aston Villa, Everton and maybe even Spurs. While we cannot compete with some of those clubs in terms of budgets, we can look to attract the kind of players they are also in the market for.”
“If we could add that kind of quality of player to this current group, then we have a chance to push on.” “You have to have tactical plans to get a deal over the line.”
“I have to be involved in negotiations because players have to buy into me and what I want from them if they join my club, so all managers need to be fully involved in transfers, that’s for sure.”
That last paragraph is probably born of his frustration at Newcastle during the transfer windows.
Pardew could have also been assured by Palace Chairman Steve Parish before he joined, that he would have more say in the transfers into the club.
It’s also possible that Alan was promised some substantial transfer funds this summer – and it looks like that’s happening – especially after they finished 10th in the Premier League last season and five places and 9 points above Newcastle.
What do you think?