Alan Pardew: This is why he dumped “big time” Newcastle for a fringe club in south London…

Date: Sunday 11th January 2015 at 10:42 pm
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ALAN Pardew guided Crystal Palace to victory over Spurs in his first league game in charge at Selhurst. But why was he there? Why had he left the apparently massive potential of Newcastle United, the third-best supported club in England, for the somewhat lesser charms of Palace. Editor BILL BRADSHAW explains all…

WHEN word got out that Crystal Palace wanted to take Alan Pardew from Newcastle back to his old Selhurst Park haunts to replace Neil Warnock, there was much chin-scratching and shaking of heads.

Why, oh why, would the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager give up his job in charge of the Geordie nation’s beloved club – complete with its 52,000-capacity sell-outs in its sparkling  citadel perched proudly above the city – for a much smaller, unfashionable outfit on the fringes of south London?

Put like that, why indeed? But there was much more behind Pardew’s eventual defection than comparing stadia and season ticket sales. As soon as Warnock was sacked after Palace’s defeat against Southampton on Boxing Day, the game was up. Chairman Steve Parish wanted Pardew and Pardew wanted out.

But why?

Well, dear reader, I can enlighten you. Rewind to early October and I was having a spot of lunch in Soho with a good friend and mutual friend of Pardew when the smooth grey fox walked in and joined us.

He looked remarkably chipper for a bloke at the centre of a campaign by his own fans to have him fired. Some Toon fans even set up a website: Sackpardew.com – but he had just had a break. His team had snatched an unlikely 2-2 draw at Swansea from the jaws of defeat, having trailed 2-0.

bafetimbi gomis

Bafetimbi Gomis – was wanted by Alan Pardew

I congratulated him on the point and also for the finishing of striker Papiss Cisse who had claimed both Newcastle goals. That got Pardew talking about his lot on Tyneside.

Yes, one goal in particular was well taken, but Pardew had reservations. He had wanted to sign French striker Bafetimbi Gomis in the summer but had missed out to Swansea who bagged him on a free transfer. When Pardew led his team into the Liberty Stadium for that game, Gomis was there to remind him, taking his place on the Swans bench.

“How can it be that Swansea, with crowds of 26,000, can outbid us on Gomis’ terms?” he queried, “I can’t get my head around that.”

There was more. Pardew wanted to sign the big Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid. Lightning struck twice as the summer window closed with Alderweireld choosing  to join the Saints on loan ahead of Newcastle.

Personal terms again were the crucial factor, not a fee. The player visited both Tyneside and the south coast and Pardew was snubbed again.

Big club Newcastle? Pardew could only wonder. As the Toon Army held up their “Sack Pardew” placards through the bleak autumn, the seeds were sown for his split from Mike Ashley’s cost-conscious regime.

When Parish made his move to buy out Pardew’s Newcastle contract in the dying days of 2014, Pardew could see something much bigger than a 52,000 St James’ sell-out.

He could see the club where he enjoyed himself as a player; as a celebrated cup finalist. And he could see the chance of a little bit of warmth from fans and employers who wanted to share his vision and football beliefs.

Biggest, clearly, is not always best.


19 thoughts on “Alan Pardew: This is why he dumped “big time” Newcastle for a fringe club in south London…

  • NorthenSaint
    5 years ago

    This written by a lifelong Sunderland fan and one who plays childish games on Sunderland forums when “reading the papers” on Sky. I am a Southampton fan and can assure you that Pardew is lucky to be a Premier league manager at all. Get a life you bitter little man!

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    • m8
      5 years ago

      So really, you’re a Newcastle supporter. Sad act.

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      • NorthernSaint
        5 years ago

        Erm yes I suppose I am, I watch them quite a bit and also Sunderland. lets call it being a football fan.

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    • ilovehorswill
      5 years ago

      There’s two Rs in ‘Northern’ marra.

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  • falconhoof
    5 years ago

    Whether the article was written by a Sunderland fan, Newcastle fan or a Palace fan doesn’t alter the fact that its accurate.

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  • Peil
    5 years ago

    And which bit of the above do you feel is untrue?
    The guys record at Newcastle was pretty decent when compared to other managers, but the fans couldn’t forgive him for being from London. He was used as a scapegoat by a chairman who sold every half decent player out from under him, and he faced bitter abuse every time he dared take his team onto the pitch.

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  • NorthenSaint
    5 years ago

    Peil,

    Get your facts right. I live in Newcastle and watch them a fair bit and Sunderland. I can assure you that nearly all Newcastle fans are not “anti-southerners”. Les Ferdinand anyone? Rob lee? Malcolm Macdonald? There are more! There are an element of course, the whole thing is just the press honing in on idiots over the Dennis Wise situation. Pardews record at Newcastle is poor! 1 domestic Cup win in 5 years, 4 derby losses in a row, 38.38% win ratio overall. His win ratio at Southampton was decent on paper, but when he was with us we were in league one, a new chairman came in and he was given more money than any other manager in that league by far. He is a bang average manager with no Plan B, not bad but just not as good as his arrogance portrays. What is correct in what you wrote is that he has had every player sold beneath him, but do you not think Pardew knew this was the model? He was probably cut in on sales. He was the lowest paid manager in the PL and had city style bonuses, that is a FACT.

    What most of the fans hate him for is is allegiance to Ashley and the attempts to hoodwink the fans, he was double manager of the year a few seasons ago and took the Geordies to 5th place, at that point he had the backing of the fans, he could of told the chairman “back me or I am off” and would of walked into a decent job somewhere and the Geordies would of called for the chairman. But he didnt, he knew what he was doing so please don’t feel sorry for Mr Pardew.

    And Peil, I think you will find that the other managers you allude to were not given 8 year contracts, in fact I would be so bold as to say that they would certainly not go on to be the PL second longest serving manager before he left.

    The reason I commented on the article was not because there are not elements of it that are true it was because of the lazy article and the sly digs, not just in the article, but on Sky too by a professional journalist who should know better, Sunderland fan or not. I would hedge a bet that the conversation that took place so loosely if indeed there was one was not how Mr Bradshaw wants us to believe, Pardew is no mug, he never once challenged Ashley’s policy in public, do you think he would do it front of a journalist, a Sunderland supporting one at that? Please!

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  • NortherSaint
    5 years ago

    Peil,

    Get your facts right. I live in Newcastle and watch them a fair bit and Sunderland. I can assure you that nearly all Newcastle fans are not “anti-southerners”. Les Ferdinand anyone? Rob lee? Malcolm Macdonald? There are more! There are an element of course, the whole thing is just the press honing in on idiots over the Dennis Wise situation. Pardews record at Newcastle is poor! 1 domestic Cup win in 5 years, 4 derby losses in a row, 38.38% win ratio overall. His win ratio at Southampton was decent on paper, but when he was with us we were in league one, a new chairman came in and he was given more money than any other manager in that league by far. He is a bang average manager with no Plan B, not bad but just not as good as his arrogance portrays. What is correct in what you wrote is that he has had every player sold beneath him, but do you not think Pardew knew this was the model? He was probably cut in on sales. He was the lowest paid manager in the PL and had city style bonuses, that is a FACT.

    What most of the fans hate him for is is allegiance to Ashley and the attempts to hoodwink the fans, he was double manager of the year a few seasons ago and took the Geordies to 5th place, at that point he had the backing of the fans, he could of told the chairman “back me or I am off” and would of walked into a decent job somewhere and the Geordies would of called for the chairman. But he didnt, he knew what he was doing so please don’t feel sorry for Mr Pardew.

    And Peil, I think you will find that the other managers you allude to were not given 8 year contracts, in fact I would be so bold as to say that they would certainly not go on to be the PL second longest serving manager before he left.

    The reason I commented on the article was not because there are not elements of it that are true it was because of the lazy article and the sly digs, not just in the article, but on Sky too by a professional journalist who should know better, Sunderland fan or not. I would hedge a bet that the conversation that took place so loosely if indeed there was one was not how Mr Bradshaw wants us to believe, Pardew is no mug, he never once challenged Ashley’s policy in public, do you think he would do it front of a journalist, a Sunderland supporting one at that? Please!

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  • Micky E
    5 years ago

    I hope the next article on here rips Southampton a new arsehole.
    What a pity someone can’t accept a factually correct story and has to resort to name calling.

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  • AndyMc1
    5 years ago

    “the fans couldn’t forgive him for being from London.”

    What a load of utter rubbish. Ask Malcolm McDonald, Rob Lee, Les Ferdinand or Chris Hughton if they were hated for “being from London”. It’s the biggest myth within the media that we hate Cockneys.

    The fact is we accept anyone from anywhere if they are good at their job, which Alan Pardew wasn’t.

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  • Micky E
    5 years ago

    Northern Saint

    I don’t blame you for doubting the press in this country, but I assure you 100% that this lunch and conversation took place. Mr Bradshaw is a good friend of mine and told me about it just after it happened.
    Despite being a Sunderland fan the story wasn’t published until now so as to not break a confidence. Credit where it’s due, many many other journalists wouldn’t have done so.

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  • NorthernSaint
    5 years ago

    Micky E

    I hope someone does too, I would love to read it but if I am honest there is not much bad to be said about us at the moment. I am happy where we are right now but football changes. We are in the same position that Newcastle were a few seasons ago when they narrowly missed out on a top 4 CL spot. The next season they were in a relegation scrap. We will see but I for one am just enjoying it today, now.

    You are not privy to the facts either, you were not at that meeting. As I said, there are elements of the article that are true, just picking up on the journalist himself and the fact that he is almost certainly bending the truth. As for facts, I already posted some, but here are some more just for clarification, 7 games without a win home or away at the start of the season,
    Last 8 in all competitions L6 D1 W1, Worst record of all premier league clubs for most of 2014 and certainly from Jan 1 to the end of last season. Out of both cups with a whimper again. Apart from the 5 game winning run he only won 2 more all season. The problem is magnified by the fact that when they lose they lose heavily majority of the time. However once again even this is not why the fans up here hate him, its his arrogance, his attempts at hoodwinking the fans and his constant never my fault stories.

    I rest my case on behalf of my genuine Newcastle supporting, long suffering friends. I promise that if you held court with any real Geordie fans you will see that majority of them are nothing like they are portrayed by the media. In fact up her I have many Sunderland supporting friends and go a few times a season and the fans are just as if not more long suffering.

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  • NorthernSaint
    5 years ago

    Fair enough Micky E. I take that back but the rest I stand by, Pardew is and always will be an average manager at the best. His inflated view of himself and his achievements are the real problem. I mean he still thinks he discovered Tevez and Mascherano and cites Dean Ashton as the best football player to ever grace the game of football, ever! Listen I just thought it was a bit of an obvious, non story with a misleading title just to have a dig at Newcastle. banter is all good but the story???

    All the best

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  • Redhill Eagle
    5 years ago

    maybe it’s as simple as he still has a house down here, his daughter is at school down here?

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  • falconhoof
    5 years ago

    It took you three attempts to spell your username correctly. Just saying……

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    • NorthernSaint
      5 years ago

      Ha fair comment, I was at work flicking between screens, I think you will see from my posts that I am not illiterate, so as we are being picky an ellipsis used as a trailing thought or comment is 3 dots (…)

      Just Saying.

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  • Gary Lamb
    5 years ago

    Everyone knows this creep goes on the ready to go site and is the dad of “hank” who runs the site..

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  • Flanny
    5 years ago

    Bill Bradshaw for those outside the north east used to be a Newcastle fan and he worked for the Newcastle chronicle ,this “lifelong” Sunderland fan started going to the mackems in 97 when they opened their plastic dump

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  • Flanny
    5 years ago

    Doesn’t say much for Bradshaw and his reputation as a national journalist that he goes on basically a site run by students and he goes on under an alias name! A bloke who is in his late 60s doing that is very childish

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