Alan Pardew says he’s at a loss to explain why Newcastle United didn’t strengthen the squad after his departure.
Pardew left the club at the turn of the year to take charge of Crystal Palace, who he guided to Premier League safety.
Newcastle were ninth when I left. 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.Alan Pardew
Newcastle, however, went into freefall after his exit.
And John Carver’s side must beat West Ham United at St James’s Park on Sunday to be certain of survival.
In his last two Press conferences, Pardew claimed the club needed to sign a striker in the January transfer window.
But the club chose not to sign add to the squad – managing director Lee Charnley said it was hard to find “value” in mid-season window – and United have struggled for goals in recent months.
Pardew, however, is hopeful that United can claim the three points they need at St James’s Park.
“Their destiny is in their own hands,” said Pardew.
“Win that game against West Ham and the Hull result is irrelevant. I’m sure the stadium will be in tip-top shape in terms of positivity to get the team over the line.
“Although there has been a lot of disappointment and moaning about the situation, they know they have to get behind the team and when the do that, it’s a very difficult place to go.
“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.”
Pardew believes the club must learn the lessons of this season – and rebuild in the summer.
“Newcastle is close to my heart,” he said.
“My players who I worked with for four or five years are still there, as are the staff as well 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 and use this scare as a kick-start for their next year of going forward.
“They are one of the best clubs in the world and they just need to get over the line this time. I hope John and the team can do that.”