Pardew: Takeover talk not the reason I left Newcastle

DENIAL ... Alan Pardew with Mike Ashley during their time together at Newcastle.
DENIAL ... Alan Pardew with Mike Ashley during their time together at Newcastle.

ALAN Pardew insists he did NOT decide to leave Newcastle United because Mike Ashley is about to sell the club.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer this week suggested Pardew’s decision to swap Newcastle to Crystal Palace may have been because Ashley had told the manager about his own intentions to leave.

However, Pardew says that is not the case, and that he moved to Selhurst Park for “professional and personal” reasons.

When asked about the takeover reports, Pardew – who broke his silence on his Newcastle departure today – said: “I have not heard that, and that is just a rumour.

“Mike never suggested that, it was never in the format, it was a simple equation really.

“Crystal Palace wanted me as their manager, they met the clause in my contract.

“Newcastle told me that that had been met, and quite simply, I had a choice, whether to stay or go.

“Professionally and personally, I decided that this new challenge here would probably be a good one for me and Crystal Palace, because I think I am a good fit for them.

“Also for Newcastle. That was not a huge part of my thinking, but I thought it might work for them as well.”