Whilst discussing his hopes of signing a contract extension with Crystal Palace, Alan Pardew opened up about the specific reasons behind his decision to leave Newcastle United a year ago.
Pardew’s comments here offer an intriguing insight into the dynamic that is forced upon Newcastle’s managers by their current owner Mike Ashley. With the Magpies struggling near the foot of the table, you have to question their owner’s wisdom in maintaining the level of control he has until now.
Although the 54-year-old has been extremely complimentary about the club he left behind at the end of 2014 when pressed for comment since, he now appears to be more than happy to muse over the restrictions of his role on Tyneside, which ultimately, led him to look for a way out.
From an outsider’s perspective, the situation at St James’ Park looks to be one which would test the resolve of the most laid back of managers, such is the level of scrutiny placed on your work from those above you in the hierarchy.
Whilst all football clubs require a degree of teamwork between the directors and the coaching staff, it seems as though Mike Ashley’s influence into the footballing side of things reaches far further than most, including Pardew, would ever be truly comfortable with.
After seeing the likes of Pape Souare, Connor Wickham and most importantly Yohan Cabaye arrive for decent sums of money since he first took over the reins at Selhurst Park, it is clear from his comments attached above, that Pardew is infinitely happier with the set-up in South London when looked at in comparison to Newcastle.
Admittedly, some managers won’t mind limiting their role within a club to simply coaching the players they are given, but it is evident from the sentiments expressed here by the current Palace boss, that he craves a far greater level of control than he was ever afforded at Newcastle.
It certainly makes for interesting reading when you think back to the hordes of footballing “experts” who couldn’t get their head around why Pardew would so willingly swap St James’ Park for Selhurst.