Ex-Leeds defender Danny Mills questions Newcastle fan treatment of Alan Pardew

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Danny Mills believes that Newcastle are paying the price for not treating Alan Pardew with more respect.

The former Leeds, Manchester City and England defender has told the Chronicle that the Magpies fans should question themselves over the treatment of Alan Pardew.

Mills said: “Do Newcastle fans wish they had treated Alan Pardew better? He was never liked at St James’ Park, but sometimes better the devil you know. Be careful what you wish for.”

Mills is implying that Pardew may have been disliked on Tyneside, but that should not have played a role in him leaving to link up with Crystal Palace when the opportunity came around.

It is true that Pardew had endured two tough seasons at St James’ Park, having reached as high as fifth in the 2011/12 Premier League season, although he had enjoyed something of a rejuvenation in the latter part of his reign at the club.

Even when successful it was clear that Pardew was never truly accepted on Tyneside, with his London roots doing much to show up his lack of knowledge of what it truly meant to be in charge of Newcastle.

Fans have all the right in the world to moan as much as they want about their team, as they pay to watch them every week.

However, considering the Toon’s downfall was blamed on Pardew, yet it has continued whilst he has prospered at Palace, maybe the fans were too hard on him.

John Carver has been appointed and has come under even further criticism for winning just two games in his tenure, and the problems appear to be underlying - rather than being any fault of Pardew’s.

The 53-year-old may have left Newcastle to join Palace regardless of fan treatment, as he is a hero at Selhurst Park, but there is no denying that the fan influence would surely have played a key role in his desire to leave as soon as possible.

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