Alan Pardew: Why I’ve got ZERO sympathy for Steve McClaren

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew

Former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admits he has got no sympathy for the man currently in the St James’s Park hotseat.

Toon boss Steve McClaren has come under increasing pressure after the Magpies’ terrible start to the season, which sees them second-bottom of the Premier League with just two wins to their name.

Steve McClaren during the Palace game

Steve McClaren during the Palace game

That pressure was intensified by Pardew’s Crystal Palace side, who hammered Newcastle 5-1 on Saturday.

Pardew has been in McClaren’s position before, facing calls that he should be sacked just over a year ago after a dismal start to the 2014-15 campaign.

But when asked if he had any sympathy for McClaren, Pardew said: “No I don’t.

“I’ve been in Steve’s position, and it’s a tough, tough role. But he’s tough enough to be able to deal with it.

“And for them, it’s just about what we did on Monday ... try to bounce back for next week – that’s all you can focus on.”