Although not officially confirmed by either club, it appears as if Alan Pardew’s reign at Newcastle United is over.
Given permission by the Magpies last night, Crystal Palace have opened talks with their former player, and it is widely expected that the 53-year-old will leave Tyneside to return to London for the next stage of his career. Being widely disliked at St James’ Park, Pardew will be retuning to a club where he is respected, and, although set to endure a tough relegation battle with the Eagles instead of a fight for Europe - as could be done with Newcastle - there are no doubts that he will enjoy his time at Selhurst Park.
Despite achieving moderate success whilst at St James’ - with a fifth placed finish in 2012 the highlight - Pardew has failed to capture the imagination of the Toon faithful, and they have never truly taken to him. Vocal abuse has followed him through much of his career on Tyneside, and it has been a miracle that he has remained in his job as long as he has - especially considering the amazingly poor 2014 endured by the club.
People do believe Pardew is partly to blame for the frosty relationship between the two parties, and former Magpies forward Mick Quinn is keen to see Mike Ashley appoint someone who loves the club as the new manager.
“I hope that the club act sensibly and bring in somebody who loves the club,” the 52-year-old told the Chronicle.
“I’d like to think it won’t be a case of the old pals act again from Mike Ashley and we see another associate of his coming to run our club.
“I’d like to see somebody with the right credentials and somebody who understands the place and what a match day at St James’ Park is all about. I hope we see somebody with passion for the job.”
Quinn - who scored 59 goals in a three-year spell on Tyneside - believed it was Pardew’s feeling towards the club that let him down, with his London upbringing not allowing him to truly understand what it means to be a Magpies fan.
He added: “I just think that somebody who understands the club is the way forward. They don’t have to be a Geordie but they need to understand Geordies, that’s for sure.
“Perhaps that’s the one thing Alan Pardew never quite grasped – Geordies!”