Having refused to go into details about the reasons for his decision to leave Newcastle following last Sunday’s victory over Dover, Alan Pardew opened up about his motivation in swapping St James’ Park for south London when talking to the press this afternoon.
Although the former Magpies’ boss had been under sustained pressure to walk away from a sizeable section of the club’s supporters for some time, he claimed that the fan’s opinions on him weren’t a key reason in his move, making reference instead to the difficult financial restraints the club work under as being pivotal.
Newcastle is a big club, it’s difficult because it is run on a tight financial margin. We had to work hard on transfers, the funds for a club that size makes it difficult for the fans to understand that we had to build slowly.
I am under no illusions. It was the right time for Newcastle but this was my decision.
Steve Parish met the clause in my contract and I hope this is the right decision.
‘Four years under that monetary situation, along with the history, made it difficult. I have left it with a good base of players.
‘I want to thank all Geordies. My resilience and character has grown because of the nature of the club.’
Although he declined the opportunity to stick the knife in too far, it’s relatively clear to see that the strain of working for a club who maintain such lofty ambitions whilst failing to provide the funds needed to match them had become too much for him after four years in the hot seat.
Of course, there are two sides to every story, with Newcastle’s supporters often calling on baffling comments in the press as a reason for their dislike of him, but as he embarks on a fresh challenge at Selhurst Park, it’s hardly surprising to see him walking with a spring in his step.
Admittedly, our budget will not be bigger than Newcastle’s, indeed it probably won’t even match it when wage bills are taken into account, but to roughly generalise, he has moved to a club with a far less demanding fan base, at least in the short-term.
Hopefully, with his first league game as Palace boss now less than 48 hours away, both he and Newcastle United can move on from his period in charge without holding any lasting grudges against one another.