Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has admitted that he was surprised at Alan Pardew’s decision to step down as the Newcastle United manager.
The 53-year-old recently left his post at the Magpies to succeed Neil Warnock as the Crystal Palace boss.
Pardew’s decision came as a surprise to many, mainly because he was leaving a team placed safely in mid-table in the Premier League for a side struggling against relegation to the Championship.
Owen, a former Newcastle striker, was caught aback as well and told BT Sport: “I am surprised, I must admit, for Alan Pardew to leave Newcastle and go to Crystal Palace. I was really surprised.”
Pardew himself has played down suggestions that he left Newcastle because the fans did not like him, but one suspects that it is part of the reason.
Maybe the Englishman also realised that he was not going anywhere with Newcastle
However, at Palace, Pardew will have a very tough test. The Eagles are not doing well in the Premier League and are in real danger of dropping to the Championship.
It will be interesting to see how Pardew copes with this challenge, which is quite different to the one he had at Newcastle.