Although many will claim that Pardew’s decision to quit Newcastle United for Crystal Palace in December 2014 was taken thanks to a mixture of fan pressure and a bigger wage packet, it seems as though the true reason behind Alan’s departure may well have been the club’s transfer policy.
Having lost their talismanic playmaker Yohan Cabaye to PSG in January of last year, the former Newcastle boss is reported to have fought long and hard with Mike Ashley over the need to replace the Frenchman, were the team to hold serious ambitions of securing a top half finish during the following campaign.
After a summer when Pardew was given some cash to spend, the timing of his move back to SE25 now looks telling, with a transfer window looming within which Mike Ashley was seemingly loathe to part with any of his personal fortune to strengthen a squad which badly needed help.
Speaking to the press on Friday, Pardew said:
“Newcastle were ninth when I left, with 26 points from 19 games. “They had a transfer window coming up as well, so they were in a good position, but they didn’t capitalise on that. I can’t give you a reason for that.”
It is telling that after years of toeing the company line whilst Mike Ashley paid his wages, the Palace boss is now far happier to critique the possible reasons for the Toon Army’s demise in a public setting. Clearly unhappy at the restraints he was being forced to work under, he took the opportunity to leave when it arose and hasn’t looked back since.
Still happy to speak positively about Newcastle’s supporters, Pardew has been vocal in expressing his desire for them to remain in the Premier League next season, but from a personal perspective, it is plain to see that he’s thankful to have escaped before it was too late.