Two photos which sum up contrasting situations of McClaren and Pardew

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace are flying high in the Premier League, while Newcastle United are in danger of getting relegated.

Steve McClaren is a man under pressure. With Newcastle United struggling for points at the moment, the Englishman must be feeling the heat.

Newcastle are in real danger of getting relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season, and their situation worsened on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies, who had lost 3-0 to Leicester City at St. James’ Park last weekend, suffered an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace away from home in London.

Papiss Cisse put Newcastle in the lead at Selhurst Park after just 10 minutes, but the Eagles staged a strong comeback and picked up all three points.

James McArthur and Yannick Bolasie scored twice each for the home team, while Wilfried Zaha found the target once.

McClaren was understandably despondent, but Palace manager Alan Pardew was delighted with the win.

Pardew was in charge of Newcastle from December 2010 until the middle of last season when he moved to Palace.

The 54-year-old was not popular at all among the Newcastle fans, but at the London outfit he is considered a hero.

The Eagles are on the way up, and the former West Ham United manager appears to be enjoying himself.

The two photos here (above and below) sum up the contrasting situations of McClaren and Pardew. While one is drenched in frustrations, the other is quietly confident of enjoying more success.

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