Alan Pardew on his time at Newcastle United: “I’m not here to defend that situation”

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The presence of Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has coincided with the Eagles’ upturn in form that has catapulted them out of relegation and into the middle of the table, currently at 13th place.

While Pardew has received a fair amount of praise for the Glaziers’ success this year, it’s a vastly different scenario at his old club Newcastle United, where former chairman Freddy Shepherd said that Pardew is to blame for the Magpies’ struggles from the start of the year.

The Englishman was manager of Newcastle to start the season since 2010 until he decided to leave St. James’ Park for the coaching vacancy at Palace, but the Toons had underachieved up to this point under Pardew. He found it wasn’t in his best interest to remain there, and cited monetary contstraints from owner Mike Ashley as his reason to vacate managerial responsibilities.

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Speaking to press, the 53-year-old responded to critics, notably Shepherd and The Chronicle.

“That’s typically unfair of that individual and that paper,” Pardew said.”The local paper at Newcastle makes it very difficult for the manager.”

“The players they have are trying their very, very best to get the club over the line. The group is short of confidence, I hope they gain that this Saturday and John Carver and the team can get them across the line.

“The players we had were tremendous during the time I was there and the results we had until I left were pretty excellent in terms of where we were. I’m not here to defend that situation, all I can say is I really hope Newcastle win on Saturday. It’s a big game for them.”

Most of us can guess that Pardew likely knew he had a greater opportunity to succeed with Palace than Newcastle. And now, he’s far from being on the hot seat, the decision that perturbed many NUFC supporters working well in his favor.