Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says he is sad to see Newcastle United suffer relegation while urging the club to give the manager more control over signings, Sky Sports reports.
The Magpies’ relegation to the Championship was confirmed on Wednesday night as rivals Sunderland beat Everton 3-0 to move four points clear of Newcastle with only one game remaining.
Not many on Tyneside could argue that it hasn’t been coming after a desperate turn of results following Alan Pardew’s exit and subsequent arrival at Palace in early 2015.
The Eagles’ boss still has a soft spot for the Toon Army, and he believes the Newcastle board need to give the club’s manager more control over signings as they will look to make an immediate return.
"My reaction is one of sadness, for the players and the staff there and the fans, who have suffered,” Pardew told Sky Sports.
"They won't enjoy the Championship although last time they had a good year in the Championship... they built some foundations and that's what they're going to need to do.”
“It's important, if it's Rafa Benitez or the new manager, (he) gets full control of transfers.”
Newcastle started the season badly and despite spending heavily during the January transfer window, results never improved until it was too late under Rafa Benitez’s tenure.
It remains to be seen whether the former Real Madrid man remains at St. James’ Park beyond the end of the season, and that may depend on how much influence he can have on all first-team aspects.