Alan Shearer has backed Alan Pardew’s decision to step down as the Newcastle United manager.
Pardew has (unofficially?) left the Magpies and looks set to be appointed as the Crystal Palace boss this week.
The 53-year-old’s decision to leave a team safe in mid-table to one that is struggling for survival in the Premier League seems to have surprised many, but not Shearer.
“I had to laugh when I heard pundits on TV and radio saying that they could not believe someone would leave Newcastle for Crystal Palace,” Shearer wrote in The Sun. “Why not? There are many reasons.
“A better salary, control over players coming in and going out, supporters who probably want him. He is also moving back home.”
Former Newcastle striker Shearer has also said that he is not willing to succeed Pardew at St. James’ Park.
“Despite my love for the club, if the owner rang me tomorrow and asked me to take charge I wouldn’t do it,” he explained. “Why? Because it is a very difficult situation for a manager if they have little or no power.
“There will be a queue of people wanting the job because of the size of the club. Personally I would like to see Steve Bruce get it. Then again, he’s a man who would want full control of who he would bring in and out.”
Newcastle are currently 10th in the Premier League table with 27 points from 20 matches, while Palace are third from bottom with 17 points.