Newcastle United’s Ryan Taylor makes frank Alan Pardew admission

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Former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is currently in charge of Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor has admitted to The Sun that the players were in “turmoil” when Alan Pardew left.

Pardew stepped down from his position as the Newcastle manager towards the end of last year and moved to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

John Carver succeeded him in the hot seat at St. James’ Park, and under him the Magpies have gone downhill.

Taylor has now admitted that in the immediate aftermath of Pardew’s departure, the Newcastle players struggled to cope with the change.

“As players we had a little bit of turmoil once Alan Pardew left,” the 30-year-old told The Sun. “We were unsure. Have we got a manager, who is in charge? It took a few weeks to resolve then John got the job as head coach.”

Taylor made the comments following Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers away from home at Loftus Road in the Premier League on Saturday.

It was the Magpies’ ninth defeat in 10 games and has placed the team dangerously close to the relegation zone.

Heading into this weekend’s final rounds of matches in the Premier League, Newcastle find themselves just two points above the bottom three.

Under Pardew, Newcastle were not doing exactly great, but at least they looked to be comfortably placed in mid-table.

Since the departure of the Englishman, things have only grown worse for the Magpies, who could find themselves in the Championship next season.

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