Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has suggested in The Daily Mail that Alan Pardew left Newcastle United because of the fans.
Pardew recently quit his managerial position at Newcastle to take up a similar role at fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace.
The Englishman was loudly supported by the Palace fans during the side’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on Saturday, which they won 2-1.
“Anyone wondering why Alan Pardew changed clubs only had to look at Selhurst Park on Saturday,” wrote Redknapp.
“At Newcastle, the ‘Sack Pardew’ banners were on ice. At Palace, they would have carried him out of the ground if they could.”
Pardew was in charge of Newcastle for four years, and it is no secret that the fans were not always behind him.
There were protests against the 53-year-old in the second half of last season at St. James’ Park when Newcastle struggled for results in the Premier League.
The Magpies fans made their opinion of Pardew clear earlier this season when they staged a protest against him at St. James’ Park when the results were poor.
The Newcastle supporters obviously wanted better results and performances which Pardew could not always deliver, and perhaps it was best for all parties concerned that the former West Ham United boss left the club.
The Palace fans have received Pardew warmly and are looking up to him as their saviour.