Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: ‘I tried my everything at Newcastle United’

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew reflects on his time spent at Premier League rivals Newcastle United.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew seems to have suggested that he did not have the full support of the Newcastle United fans.

The 53-year-old recently left his managerial job at Newcastle to take on a similar position at Premier League rivals Palace.

Pardew was in charge of Newcastle for four years during which they finished 12th, fifth, 16th and 10th in the Premier League.

The Magpies fans never really took to Pardew and strongly protested against him last season when the team struggled for points.

The Englishman was under pressure earlier this season, too, and although he got some good results, he eventually decided to leave.

Pardew has now explained that it was his own decision to leave for Newcastle for Palace, and has hinted that he will get more backing from the fans at the London that he ever did at St. James’ Park.

“For me personally and professionally it was the right time for me and Newcastle (to part company),” he told reporters today. “It was my decision and I thought it was the right one.

“I've left a good club with a good base of young players. The staff and players were phenomenal there.

“Palace wanted me as manager and they met the clause in my contract so it was my choice whether to stay or go. It's a new challenge.

“I think this challenge will bring the best out of me. I want to prove I'm a top manager in this division.

“I tried my everything at Newcastle. On day one at Palace I will have the support of 99% of this stadium.”

Palace are back in Premier League action on Saturday, when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park.

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