Pardew out

Alan Pardew has left Newcastle, much to the delight of many Newcastle fans. A deal was finalised yesterday between Crystal Palace and Newcastle to make Pardew the new boss of the London club, with the Toon pocketing £3.5 million in compensation.

He is said to be delighted with the move and the opportunity to manage a team he used to play for.

I am absolutely delighted to be the new manager of Crystal Palace, everyone knows my history here, what’s important now is to move the club to the next level.

He also paid tribute to his former club, specifically mentioning Mike Ashley amongst others,

It has been a privilege to manage Newcastle United. I must thank Mike Ashley and the board for their unwavering support during my tenure at the club. It has been a privilege to manage Newcastle United and I want to thank my captain Fabricio Coloccini and all the players, John Carver, Steve Stone, Andy Woodman and all the staff, all of who have been outstanding servants to Newcastle United.

Thanks was also given to the supporters,

A special thanks also goes to the fans for all their support over the last four years.

Alan Pardew divided opinion on Tyneside as Newcastle manager. Many believed he was always the wrong man for the job whilst others saw the main problem stemming from owner Mike Ashley and his control over the club.

His tactical ability was often questioned, as were some of the shocking results he achieved at times. But he also managed to lead Newcastle to a 5th place Premier League finish in the 2011/12 season, much to the surprise of the fans and other football followers throughout the country.

A poor start to the current campaign was soon forgotten once Newcastle managed an impressive winning streak lasting 6 games including a historic win away to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup. A surprise win against title favourites Chelsea early in December was followed by a poor run of games which could largely be attributed to an ever increasing injury list.

It appears consistency was always a problem for Pardew but it remains to be seen whether or not his successor will be able to do any better.

NUFC Managerial Records

NUFC Managerial Records

Here are some comments from Twitter users following yesterday’s official announcement…

As you can see there is a mixture of opinion, with most people outside of Newcastle’s fan base thinking they have made a mistake in letting him go whereas the majority of Toon fans seem pleased.

This tweet from a Crystal Palace fan made us laugh though…

We would like to know what you think…



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