Sir Alex Ferguson: What I noticed about Alan Pardew at Newcastle United

Alan Pardew

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Alan Pardew lost his spark at Newcastle United, but has tipped him for greatness at Crystal Palace.

Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Alan Pardew in an interview with Sky Sports, and said that he will become an even better manager at Crystal Palace.

The former Manchester United boss said that he could see the energy being drained out of him at Newcastle United, where he failed to win over a sceptical fan base. 

Pardew had a difficult relationship with the Magpies supporters, and Ferguson believes it affected his management of the team, but he is predicting big things of the 54-year-old now that he is at Selhurst Park. 

"I watched some managers, and I think Alan Pardew is going to be a really good manager," he said. "He already is a good manager, but I think he'll get better now.

"I noticed during his time at Newcastle that he was starting to get quiet on the touchline. That's not Alan Pardew. I like to see him boisterous, fighting for every corner, fighting for every throw-in. 

"When you see him now, he's doing that, and he's doing very well."

Pardew's departure from Newcastle appeared to spark a downwards spiral for the club, as the Magpies have struggled in his absence.

Palace, meanwhile, have improved greatly under his guidance - and they are now looking like an established Premier League club.

Pardew has got the Eagles playing some wonderful, attacking football and they have troubled some of England's top teams already this season.

A win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea was a particular highlight, and Pardew will be hoping that his side's current upwards trajectory continues for the rest of the season. 

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