Alan Pardew offers socioeconomic explanation for St James' Park atmosphere

Alan Pardew

The former Newcastle United boss, now at Crystal Palace, has been reflecting on the atmosphere at the club.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says most Newcastle fans were 'terrific' to him during his St James' Park tenure and refuses to criticise any of the club's supporters, according to the Daily Mail.

Pardew left Newcastle for Crystal Palace earlier this season and his record at his new club is considerably better than that of his previous side. That works both ways - in the fact that Newcastle have been absolutely woeful since he left but that Palace are also doing better than the Magpies did under him.

The atmosphere at St James' Park has also remained the same. The Newcastle supporters are extremely keen to get behind their team but maintain their reservations with both the underwhelming John Carver and, of course, the club's owners.

However, Pardew has offered a socioeconomic explanation for some of the supporter behaviour on Tyneside, suggesting a tough life in general - due to living standards and unemployment - 'spills out onto the terraces.'

"You won’t hear me criticise the fans and make generalisations because most of them were terrific to me," the Crystal Palace boss told the Mail.

"I actually look at the North East as an area and I think there are problems that spill out onto the terraces. It’s under-funded compared to the rest of the country. Unemployment is higher in the region than anywhere else. Life is tough and I hope whoever gets into power next month looks at that."

Pardew takes Crystal Palace to Sunderland later today, a side he regularly failed to beat while in charge of Newcastle.

The Magpies, meanwhile, travel to Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday night.

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