New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told The Sun that he felt harshly judged by West Ham fans - and believes they, as well as Newcastle supporters, were particularly against Alan Pardew.
Allardyce, 60, made his return to management on Friday, as he went back to former club Sunderland to replace Dick Advocaat, and attempt to drag the club away from danger.
Allardyce has now spoken to The Sun about his move to the Stadium of Light, saying that he is glad to feel wanted by Black Cats supporters - but says he didn't feel that way at Newcastle or West Ham, before claiming that both clubs were harsh on former manager Alan Pardew.
"It’s nice to be loved. But at West Ham and at Newcastle I was faced by passionate fans that made themselves heard if they weren’t happy," said Allardyce. "It wasn’t just me at West Ham, it was every manager that was there."
"I got it because I was the manager at that time but before that they moaned about Avram Grant, Alan Curbishley, Alan Pardew and Harry Redknapp — look at Alan Pardew now and how his career has transformed. They gave him a hard time at Newcastle and he moved to Crystal Palace where the fans love him and the turnaround has been scary," he added.
Allardyce had a torrid time at Newcastle, lasting less than a year in charge, though his four year spell at West Ham was far more successful.
Meanwhile, Pardew spent over three years as West Ham manager, taking the club back to the Premier League, and to an FA Cup final just one year later, before moving on in December 2006 after coming under pressure from supporters.
At Newcastle, the current Crystal Palace fan had very few fans, and his departure for Selhurst Park was met with celebrations from many Magpies supporters - however, Pardew has worked wonders at Palace so far, whilst Newcastle have struggled under his successors John Carver and Steve McClaren.
Allardyce may well be right, that he and Pardew got rough deals at Newcastle and West Ham, but both managers will now feel that they are working at clubs where they will be appreciated, having previously played for their current employers - something West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is already feeling the benefits of.