Could Alan Pardew be heading home to London?
The Wimbledon-born manager of Newcastle United has been linked with the vacant Crystal Palace manager’s job, and sent assistant coach John Carver to meet the press after the Magpies beat Everton 3-2 on Sunday.
Pardew, 53, has endured a tumultuous time at Newcastle that has included both European qualification and relegation battles.
The second-longest tenured manager in the Premier League, Pardew played at Palace from 1987-1991 and coached at West Ham from 2003-06.
From The Chronicle‘s intrepid NUFC reporter Lee Ryder:
Pardew is understood to have turned down the chance to speak to the written media and a request from Sky to put the record straight on his future.
There is talk that Pardew is wanted by managerless Palace but he still has five years left on his United contract and the Eagles would have to pay compensation.
For Pardew to walk out on Newcastle now would be a huge decision for the Londoner but his odds were slashed to 10/11 to be the next Palace boss tonight with William Hill.
For Pardew, it’s a different sort of bettor’s favorite status, as he was tabbed by many to be sacked as Newcastle manager after head butting Hull City’s David Meyler last season, and the speculation grew as NUFC struggled at the close of the last season and at the start of this campaign. The club had rebounded and even beat Chelsea, but the heat started creeping up again after another derby loss to Sunderland last week.
What do you think? Should Pardew leave Newcastle for London?