Arsenal legend Martin Keown has been speaking about Alan Pardew’s departure from Newcastle United.
Pardew was in charge of Premier League outfit for four years and was on a long-term contract, but he decided to leave them to take up the managerial position at Crystal Palace.
At the moment, the Magpies are safely in mid-table in the Premier League while Palace are struggling against relegation.
Many football followers have expressed his surprised at Pardew’s decision, and Keown has now joined them.
“I think it’s a very odd decision to be honest,” the former Arsenal star told The Daily Mail. “He was the second-longest serving manager in the Premier League and he came through a lot at Newcastle, so I think he could have seen the project through.
“He seemed so determined to keep his job but as soon as another option came along he took it. So was it self-preservation at Newcastle to just stay in a job or was it to stay in that particular job?
“He has lots of connections with Palace and there was all the abuse up at Newcastle, but people would walk across broken glass to manage at Newcastle.
“Yes it’s a tough job, but the club stood by Pardew when surely any other owner would have sacked him given their form at the start of the season.
“They showed a lot of loyalty so it’s odd to see him leave now. He was so aggressive and determined to turn it around at Newcastle it now feels like he has turned his back on the club.
“But there is hardly a groundswell of opinion asking how he was allowed to leave, so maybe he was justified in his decision.”
Pardew himself has said that he left Newcastle for Palace because he wanted to, and that it was his own decision, but perhaps the lack of support from the fans played a key role.