Pardew reveals what 'a few' Newcastle fans have told him since exit

Alan Pardew

The Crystal Palace boss has been discussing some of the Newcastle United faithful.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says 'a few' Newcastle fans have suggested to him that they'd be enduring an 'easier season' had he remained on Tyneside, according to the Daily Star.

The 53-year-old left Newcastle for Crystal Palace earlier this term and his former side have gone into freefall under John Carver since his exit.

And Pardew has revealed that several Magpies supporters have approached him to let him know their thoughts on what life would have been like had he stayed at St James' Park.

The Palace boss told reporters: "I've had a few Newcastle fans suggest to me that it would have been an easier season if I had stayed, let's just put it that way. I left the club in a strong position with 26 points after 19 games.

"They had a [transfer] window coming up as well so they were in a great position. But they didn't capitalise on that and I can't give you the answers to that because I wasn't there."

It's all to play for for the Magpies, of course, with victory against West Ham United this weekend ensuring their Premier League status.

It is a precarious situation for Newcastle, however, as their fate depends mainly on Hull City. Should the Tigers beat Manchester United, the Magpies would have to win due to their inferior goal difference.

Any other result for Hull, though, would leave the St James' Park outfit free to continue, well, doing what they have been for months.

Pardew, meanwhile, will face a relaxing season finisher at Crystal Palace, with the Eagles hosting Swansea City at Selhurst Park. There will be no relegation deciders in south London this time around...

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