Alan Pardew compares his Newcastle problem to that of ex-Liverpool boss

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says that his problems at Newcastle United were similar to those of Rafael Benitez at Liverpool.

In an interview with ESPN, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has compared his situation at Newcastle United to that of Brendan Rodgers and Rafael Benitez at Liverpool.

Pardew was in charge of Newcastle for five years before leaving them at the end of last year to move to Premier League rivals Palace.

The Englishman was never quite popular with the Magpies fans, who did not like his style of football and also complained about his apparent lack of ambition.

Pardew, though, has insisted that he was not affected by the criticisms he got at St. James’ Park and has compared the problems he faced to those of current Liverpool manager Rodgers and former Reds boss Benitez

“When you are in charge of a top club, where expectations are high you have to deal with that,” the 53-year-old told ESPN.

“I look at Rafa Benitez in his time at Liverpool, he had difficult periods and the same goes for Brendan Rodgers in the same job now.

“These difficult periods come and you have to accept that. I did as well as I could at Newcastle.”

Pardew seems quite understanding of his situation at Newcastle, and perhaps he was harshly criticised by the fans.

True, under the former West Ham United boss, the Magpies were not exactly great, but at least they were secured of Premier League survival.

Heading into Sunday’s round of matches in the Premier League, Newcastle find themselves in real danger of going down to the Championship.

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