Alan Pardew thanks Newcastle’s fans after leaving for Crystal Palace

DEPARTED ... Alan Pardew.
DEPARTED ... Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew said it had been a “privilege” to manage Newcastle United after his exit was confirmed by the club.

Crystal Palace today confirmed Alan Pardew has signed a three-and-a-half year contract to become their new manager.

It ended an eventful four-year tenure at St James’s Park.

United – who take Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the FA Cup this afternoon – released Pardew from his long-term contract after accepting an offer of compensation, reportedly £3.5m.

In statement released by Newcastle, Pardew said: “It has been a privilege to manage Newcastle United, and I want to thank my captain Fabricio Coloccini and all the players, John Carver, Steve Stone, Andy Woodman and all the staff, all of whom have been outstanding servants to Newcastle United.

“A special thanks also goes to the fans for all their support over the last four years.

“I must also thank Mike Ashley and the board for their unwavering support during my tenure at the club.”

Newcastle United’s managing director, Lee Charnley, was also quoted in the statement.

Charnley said: “I would like to thank Alan for his service to the club.

“Despite public perceptions, Mike Ashley had never met nor spoken to Alan before his appointment.

“However what developed over the last four years was a very strong and positive relationship between all parties.

“It is these relationships that, four years later, means the club is in a far better position, both on and off the field, and Alan has had a big part to play in that.

“During his time with us Alan achieved two top 10 Premier League finishes, including a fifth-place finish in 2012, as well as taking us to the quarter final of the Europa League.

“He goes with our best wishes and thanks.”