Jamie Carragher believes the unfair treatment Alan Pardew has received at Newcastle United has pushed him towards leaving the club.
Pardew is almost certain to quit St. James' Park to take over at Crystal Palace in a move which looks odd at first glance.
Palace do not have the history or the fan-base that Newcastle have, but Carragher can see the logic behind Pardew's decision to relocate.
The Sky Sports pundit feels that the 53-year-old has been given too much criticism by the Magpies' supporters during his time there and that this has played a part in his decision to leave.
"Crystal Palace will never be as big of a club as Newcastle, so people automatically think ‘why would he move?," he said during Monday Night Football.
"The Newcastle fans don’t particularly like him or give him the respect that you’d expect for a manager.
"It is a difficult job for him, but he’s done a good job and at times I think he gets a bit too much criticism."
Another reason Pardew was said to be keen to depart Tyneside was because of the club's lack of ambition in the transfer window.
Although reports today suggest that Moussa Sissoko will not be sold to Paris Saint Germain in January, Newcastle are not expected to spend big on arrivals in the new year.
Pardew is set to leave Newcastle with the club sitting in 10th position in the Premier League to take the reins at Palace, who are currently in the bottom three.