Alan Pardew reacts to Crystal Palace win, makes joke about Newcastle

Alan Pardew

The Crystal Palace boss saw his side beat his former club 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says his side's win against Newcastle United was never going to be 'about the opposition,' according to BBC Football.

Indeed, Palace thrashed Pardew's old club 5-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon but the manager refused to be drawn when it came to criticising the Magpies.

That said, he did joke that he'll get criticised whatever he says, ultimately giving in to the temptation to hit back at the St James' Park outfit.

Pardew is quoted as telling Sky Sports by the BBC: "We are sixth in the division because we are a good team, it was not about the opposition today. I have a lot of friends and family at Newcastle but I don't want to say a lot about them because I get criticised whatever I say."

Where next for Newcastle? Steve McClaren is demonstrating his incompetence very clearly. But who could Mike Ashley hire to replace him?

The Magpies don't have any sort of track record when it comes to hiring coaches. Pardew arguably is yet to be succeeded at St James' Park: John Carver was a pathetic excuse for a leader and McClaren is going exactly the same way - while managing even worse results.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, can sit and enjoy a far different season under Pardew. There will no doubt be more memorable days to come for the Eagles this campaign.

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