Alan Pardew will return to Newcastle with ‘head held high’ – having out-performed big-name predecessors

PREDECESSOR ... Alan Pardew.
PREDECESSOR ... Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew says he’ll return to St James’s Park in the future with his “head held high” – having out-performed some of his higher-profile predecessors at Newcastle United.

Pardew’s four-year tenure ended last week when he joined Crystal Palace.

The 53-year-old – who had been the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager – feels his record was as good as, if not better, than Ruud Gullit, Graeme Souness, Sam Allardyce and Kenny Dalglish.

Gullit and Dalglish, however, took the club to FA Cup finals, while United, under Pardew, never got beyond the fourth round of the competition.

The highlights of Pardew’s reign were a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League and a run to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

“I’m not going to leave with any resentment – I’m going to hold my head up high next time I’m up,” Pardew told BBC Radio Newcastle.

Pardew feels the club, which has banned a number of newspapers, must communicate better with the fans and the media to ease the pressure on his successor.

Managing director Lee Charnley, unlike his predecessor Derek Llambias, does not speak to the media, and Pardew had been the only senior figure to speak publicly in the last 18 months of his tenure.

Asked about the club’s communication, Pardew said: “That’s for the club to examine for the next manager.

“There are always lessons to be learnt.

“We’ve had some wonderful managers at this football club. Ruud Gullit, Graeme Souness, Sam Allardyce and Kenny Dalglish have had great success elsewhere, and not been a success.

“I like to think I did a job as good as them, if not better than them.

“Now I leave it for somebody else.”

Pardew was allowed to speak to Palace by United owner Mike Ashley after the club offered a compensation package of upwards of £3m.

Newcastle fans often criticised Pardew for his public utterances, especially on the club’s often-controversial transfer dealings.

However, Pardew insisted in the same interview that he “privately” challenged the billionaire.

“I had a good relationship with him,” said Pardew. “Of course, we had some bumps.

“Publicly, I’m not going to criticise him. I don’t think that’s right.

“I did my level best not to do that.

“But privately, I’m trying to push for players and do this and trying to change that.

“Sometimes I won, and sometimes I lost.”

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