Alan Pardew admits he was wrong to let this player leave Newcastle

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew worked with Leicester City defender Danny Simpson at Newcastle United.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has suggested to The Mirror that he was wrong to release Danny Simpson when he was in charge of Newcastle United.

Simpson joined Newcastle from Manchester United on a permanent contract in 2010 and left the Magpies for Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2013.

Now on the books of Leicester City, the 29-year-old defender could end up winning the Premier League this season.

The Englishman is having a fantastic season for Leicester, and Palace boss Pardew has admitted that he was wrong to release him when he was in charge of Newcastle.

“For us, it’s envy a little bit for what they’ve done and also admiration,” Pardew told The Mirror. "They’re not star names, most of them - Danny Simpson I had at Newcastle, we released him thinking we could get someone better and here he is in a position to win the league. I take my hat off to him and a number of their players.”

Simpson has created five chances in 22 Premier League appearances for Leicester so far this season.

The full-back has a pass accuracy of 71% and a shot accuracy of 33%, and has won 43 headers, eight dribbles and 36 tackles.

Palace and Leicester will face each other at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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