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.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 3, 2015
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.
Here are some comments from Twitter users following yesterday’s official announcement…
Alan Pardew is someone else's problem now.
— Michael Martin (@tfeditor1892) January 2, 2015
I don't get Newcastle fans? Alan Pardew has done a class job under immense pressure? Clueless Geordies
— Tom (@tommyselwood69) January 3, 2015
Best mood now pardew has finally fucking gone
— Ollie Maxwell (@olliemaxwell14) January 3, 2015
— TheRealGman (@The_RealGman) January 3, 2015
He's gone he's gone! Pardew's finally gone! Ding dong the witch is dead! #nufc
— Aimaad A. Khan (@aimaad22) January 3, 2015
Club like Newcastle United will cry hard for the return of Alan Pardew#Lets see what you can do for your former club Crystal Palace#Goodluck
— Chorkie Popkie® (@chorkiepopkie) January 3, 2015
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…
Dear Newcastle fans, now you've finished with your "Pardew Out" banners, please can you send them to us at Selhurst Park. #cpfc
— Andre Vincent (@Vinny64) December 30, 2014
We would like to know what you think…