Alan Pardew hopes Newcastle survive the drop because 'those fans need to be in the Premier Leagu

Despite the campaign to drive him out of St James' Park earlier this season, Pardew bears no grudges towards his former employers.

Pardew and Carver worked together on Tyneside

In recent months Alan Pardew has enhanced his reputation as one of the sharpest brains in ­football.

In fact, he has done so well as Crystal Palace boss that many of the Newcastle supporters who wanted to chase him out of Toon now wish he had never left St James’ Park.

With the Magpies just 90 minutes away from relegation if Hull beat Manchester United and Newcastle fail to beat West Ham, Pardew’s standing on Tyneside has never been higher.

While Pardew has guided relegation-threatened Palace to midtable safety, Newcastle tumbled into a decline and potential fall that leaves their former manager baffled.

He said: “I've had a few Newcastle fans suggest to me that it would have been an easier season if I had stayed, let’s put it that way.

“I left the club in a strong position with 26 points after 19 games. They had a transfer window coming up as well so they were in a great position.

“But they didn’t capitalise on that and I can’t give you the answers to that because I was not there.”

Despite the campaign to drive him out of Newcastle, Pardew is desperate for his old club to avoid the drop.

He added: “I am disappointed for the players, staff and fans.

“Sometimes you get in a rut and it’s difficult to get out of it. But I think this game is a one-off occasion and it might suit them.

“Newcastle is close to my heart. My players who I worked with for five years are there, a big group of them, the staff and, more importantly, the fans.

“That group of fans need to be in the Premier League. They need to get this season out of the way for sure and then they need to use this scare to kickstart them for next year and going forward.

“It’s one of the best clubs in the world and they just need to get over the line tomorrow and I really hope John Carver and the team win.

“I will text a couple of the senior players and I’ll send messages of goodwill, there is nothing else you can do.

"Tactically, I am not part of that, I just wish them well and, hopefully, they can give them fans something to shout about because it has been difficult the last few weeks.”

Pardew, 53, admits he endured a testing time when Newcastle failed to win any of their opening seven league games – but claims the experience helped make him a better manager.

He said: “Their destiny is in their own hands. They need to win that game and then the Hull result is irrelevant and that has to be their main focus.

“I am sure the stadium will be in tip-top shape in terms of ­positivity to help the team get over the line.

“There has been a lot of disappointment and moaning about the ­situation.

“But they know when it really matters they have to get behind the team – and when they do that it is difficult to beat them.”

Source: Daily Mirror


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