Pardew singles out one of his biggest achievements at Newcastle

Alan Pardew

The Eagles boss has been discussing his time on the Toon.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says coping with the departure of Andy Carroll without signing a replacement was one of his biggest achievements during his time at Newcastle, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 53-year-old recently left Newcastle after a long spell in charge of the Magpies, taking over at Crystal Palace and guiding them to victory in his first Premier League game in charge last weekend.

But Pardew has been reflecting on his St James' Park tenure and feels Newcastle's first season back in the top flight after promotion from the Championship was one of his biggest learning curves as a manager.

The Magpies sold Carroll to Liverpool for a big-money fee and didn't sign a replacement, prompting the then Newcastle boss to rank that campaign as one of his biggest achievements as a manager.

“The biggest learning curve that I have had in this realm was my first year at Newcastle when we were not too far away from the bottom and we sold Andy Carroll for £35 million and I didn’t get a replacement," the Crystal Palace boss told reporters.

“That was one of my biggest achievements as a manager. We were under so much pressure and it was only our first year back in the Premier League."

Newcastle host Southampton in the Premier League's late kick-off today, while Crystal Palace face a potential relegation six-pointer against Burnley at 3pm British Time.

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