Alan Pardew dodged his post-match Press conference because he was “in a rush”, according to Keith Millen.
Crystal Palace manager Pardew chose not to face the written media after his team’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday.
I walked out with him, and I think we were both bracing ourselves for a hostile one. We had been expecting it, but there was nothing.Keith Millen
Pardew instead sent out Millen, his assistant, at St James’s Park, where a free-kick from Andros Townsend lifted his former club out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Asked why Pardew didn’t take questions, Millen said: “I don’t know why Alan didn’t do the Press.
“He said to me ‘we are in a rush, have a tight schedule and have got to get the plane back, so have got to leave soon’, so he said to me could I do the written Press.”
Pardew – who labelled Sam Allardyce “pre-historic” over the Sunderland manager’s attempted mind games in a post-game radio interview – did not get the predicted hostile reception at St James’s Park, his home for four years.
Millen said: “I walked out with him, and I think we were both bracing ourselves for a hostile one.
“We had been expecting it, but there was nothing. The fans were very respectful, and so was Alan, because he had a fantastic time here, so that was good all round.
“The Newcastle fans realised they had bigger things to worry about than Alan’s return, and they really got behind them in the second half.”
Allardyce had questioned Palace’s motivation for the game in the wake of the FA Cup semi-final win over Watford.
Pardew said: “They’re pre-historic comments. I don’t know what era he’s in.”