Karren Brady: Why Newcastle United fans should be grateful to Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady suggests that Newcastle United fans should be grateful to current Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has suggested in The Sun that Newcastle United would have been fighting against relegation had it not been for Alan Pardew.

Pardew resigned from his managerial post at Newcastle towards the end of December and was appointed the Crystal Palace boss in early January.

Since then, the Magpies have slipped down the Premier League table and Palace have steadily climbed up.

As a matter of fact, the Eagles are actually four points above Newcastle in 11th at the moment and are pushing for a top-10 finish this season.

Brady has now suggested in her football diary in The Sun that Newcastle fans should be thankful for the points that the team picked up while Pardew was still in charge of the team.

“A fair number of supporters got their own way when Alan Pardew suddenly quit Newcastle for Crystal Palace,” wrote the 46-year-old. “In hindsight, they might feel grateful he left behind enough points to escape relegation.”

When Pardew swapped clubs, Palace were in the Premier League relegation zone and Newcastle were 10th.

Under John Carver, the Magpies have struggled for form and for points. In fact, if they lose their next two games and results elsewhere go against them, then they could even find themselves dragged into the relegation dogfight.

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