NEWCASTLE United fans are preparing to say adieu to Alan Pardew as the under-fire boss finalises a Premier League switch.
Pardew has a date with the Palace as he gets set to end a rollercoaster reign at St James’s Park.
The Magpies manager is talking to Crystal Palace as they seek a replacement for Neil Warnock, who was sacked after the club plunged into the relegation zone on Saturday.
The Selhurst Park club have agreed a compensation package with Newcastle United chairman Mike Ashley, paving the way for former West Ham and Charlton supremo Pardew to make a return to the Capital.
However, the future is far from crystal clear for his soon-to-be former employers, with a New Year hunt for a replacement to come.
Pardew, 53, has been Newcastle manager since December 2010, and is the fourth longest-serving manager in English football.
He steered Newcastle to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League in 2012, but has been criticised for his style of play and for early exits in cup competitions. Football fans in South Shields have mixed feelings over his impending departure, with thoughts turning to who the club can lure to fill the vacant seat.
John Brownbridge, 18, from Sunderland Road, South Shields, is eyeing up a move for Palace’s ex-boss, Tony Pulis.
He said: “I don’t know why he is leaving a club of Newcastle’s stature for one the size of Crystal Palace. If it is purely a financial decision, he’s not the manager we want anyway.
“I think he has done a good job. I would like to see the club go for Tony Pulis now.”
Friend Karl Buckingham is sad to see Pardew leave – but only because he is a Sunderalnd fan grateful for his poor derby day record.
The 17-year-old, from South Shields, said: “I’m gutted he is leaving. We have won four derby games in a row with him in charge.
“I think it was a matter of time that he would leave, due to the feelings of the fans towards him.
“It is hard to see a manager of his skill set go. I just hope they get Joe Kinnear to replace him.”
Lifelong Newcastle United fan Ken Butler feels there is a debate to be had over whether the club’s problems lie in the dug-out, or in the boardroom.
The 80-year-old, from South Shields, said: “That is something I have talked about. Is it a problem with the manager or the chairman? I do think Pardew has done reasonably well.
“Too many good players have been allowed to leave.”
Dorren Butler, from South Shields, added: “It is a shame. I think he has worked hard with the team. Newcastle United is a tough team to come in and manage.”
Malcolm Royal, 81, from Sunderland, who is a Black Cats fan, added: “He has been under pressure for a long time. By all accounts he is going to make a lot of money with the move. You can’t blame him.”
Newcastle United fan Jonny Bartlett, from Chillingham Road, Newcastle, said: “There have been a lot of highs and lows. You have the win at Manchester United and the victories over Chelsea, but then there is his record against Sunderland.
“I would like to see a better tactician brought in. Frank De Boer would be a good option.
“But I would like to see Tim Sherwood. He works well with young players and brought Harry Kane through at Totttenham. He has a lot of bottle and is prepared to speak out.”