Alan Pardew gives his verdict on Steve McClaren's situation at Newcastle

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew believes Newcastle need to stay strong with manager Steve McClaren.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has told the Daily Mail that former club Newcastle United need to stick with manager Steve McClaren.

Pardew got his revenge on the Magpies on Saturday, as his Palace thrashed Newcastle 5-1 at Selhurst Park. Papiss Cisse gave Newcastle and early lead, but two goals each from James McArthur and Yannick Bolasie, as well as a strike from Wilfried Zaha, handed Palace all three points.

The result was a huge boost for Palace, just days after losing to another North East team in Sunderland, but it piled the pressure on Newcastle boss McClaren.

With just two victories so far this season, Newcastle are second from bottom in the Premier League table, and fans are already calling for ex-England manager McClaren to be sacked.

He ultimately became Pardew's permanent replacement as Newcastle boss over the summer, but whilst Pardew has thrived with Crystal Palace, Newcastle continue to struggle.

It's somewhat ironic, given the vitriol directed at Pardew during his time at Newcastle, but he seemingly holds no grudge against the Magpies, judging by his comments about the club.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Pardew says he hopes Newcastle get a win against Liverpool next week, and sent a message to his former club; stick tight, stay strong and 'get the barriers up'.

"I've been in Steve's position and it's a tough, tough role but he's tough enough to be able to deal with it," said Pardew, "I think it's important that the group stays strong. I sometimes felt myself in the position where you need everybody to pull for you and that's where they are now. Steve understands that as a manager and all the staff and players now have to really stick tight, get the barriers up and get yourself a win and I hope they do that next week," he added.

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