Martin Keown implies Pardew karma for Newcastle fans, predicts Sunderland's season

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The former defender and current pundit has been discussing Newcastle United, the Crystal Palace boss and Sunderland ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby.

Martin Keown believes 'some might say' Newcastle fans don't deserve anything after the way they treated Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, according to his regular 'Tackle Keown' column in the Daily Mail.

Indeed, the former Arsenal defender has implied a sort of karma when it comes to Newcastle, the club Pardew left for Crystal Palace last season.

Keown feels supporters deserved to finally see their side win against Norwich City last weekend but subtly hinted that others may disagree - due to the way in which their former manager was treated.

Pardew has since thrived at Crystal Palace, although discussions about his impact at Newcastle will never get through to some pundits, it seems.

Keown told the Mail: "Last week, when it became obvious Newcastle were going to win, the roof nearly came off St. James’ Park.

"I think the fans deserved that after the year they have had. Some might say they don’t deserve anything after the way they treated Alan Pardew but it’s been a long time since the club could relax like that and really enjoy the occasion."

Meanwhile, Keown has also been discussing Sunderland, predicting that they will be fighting it out at the bottom this season, despite the appointment of Sam Allardyce.

He added: "Now that I’m not a competitor you do feel sorry for fans who spend their money every week yet have to suffer. I’m sure Sunderland fans would love a season of mid-table obscurity but they will be fighting it out at the bottom again."

Keown was asked about both sides due to Sunday afternoon's Tyne-Wear derby, which will undoubtedly prove pivotal when it comes to shaping the form and confidence of either team in the coming weeks.

Should Newcastle beat Sunderland, it will be two wins in a row for Steve McClaren and a newfound momentum at St James' Park.

Vice versa would send Sunderland fans into delirium and shatter confidence on Tyneside as it would be yet another derby without a win for the Magpies. A draw, however, wouldn't do much for either side...

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