ALAN Pardew has delivered a personal message to Newcastle United fans ahead of tonight’s game against his Crystal Palace side.
The club’s former manager has used his programme notes to address the travelling support at Selhurst Park.
Pardew endured a torried final 12 months at St James’s Park, and he acknowledged in his “From The Touchline” column that many fans “ran out of patience” with him.
The 53-year-old wrote: “Much was muttered and written during my time in the North East, and this is the first chance I have had to take directly to the Newcastle supporters, and the players who worked so hard for me, since my departure.
“It is a great opportunity to reflect on a period that was much discussed and often unfairly judged in my opinion.
“I had a fabulous time as Newcastle United manager. We took the team to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League, and it is an achievement that can never be taken away from any of us who were involved in it.
“If you look at the net spend we had in my time at Newcastle on transfers, you can only conclude it was a successful period because the club I left are established in the Premier League with a platform to go to the next level.
“It is a legacy I’m proud to have on my record.”
Pardew went on: “For a variety of reasons, the Newcastle supporters ran out of patience with me as manager of their club, but I assure each and every one of them who have travelled to Selhurst tonight that I bear no grudge.
“You love your club more than any owner or manager, and the pressure that goes with a job like is well known before you taken on the challenge.
“Let’s move on and try and cerish the good days we had together.”
Pardew added: “Despite all the negativity that was generated around my presence at Newcastle at times, I was proud and honoured to manage the club.
“Nothing will diluted the affinity and affection I will always hold for the club.”