Pardew set for Palace after New­cas­tle agree com­pen­sa­tion

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Alan Pardew is set to leave New­cas­tle for Crys­tal Palace after the Premier League ri­vals agreed on com­pen­sa­tion for the man­ager’s ser­vices on Mon­day.

Pardew, who has been at New­cas­tle since 2010 and is the league’s long­est-serv­ing cur­rent man­ager, now has per­mis­sion to speak to Palace about re­plac­ing Neil Warnock.

Although Palace is in the rel­e­ga­tion zone and New­cas­tle is in 10th place, Pardew has en­dured a fraught re­la­tion­ship with fans of the north­east club where he was un­der con­tract un­til 2020.

And Pardew would be re­turn­ing to the London club where he is still fondly re­mem­bered from his 1987-1991 spell as a player at Sel­hurst Park. Palace’s next game is against As­ton Villa on Thurs­day.

With New­cas­tle owner Mike Ash­ley main­tain­ing a pub­lic si­lence, Pardew of­ten bore the brunt of fans’ frus­tra­tions. The dis­con­tent came to a head in May when he was roundly booed by large sec­tions of the home crowd at St. James’ Park de­spite a vic­tory over Cardiff.

Pardew also was banned last sea­son for head-butting an op­pos­ing player dur­ing a game; the heav­i­est pun­ish­ment ever in­flicted on a Premier League man­ager. For three matches he was banned from sta­di­ums, and for the re­main­ing four games he was pre­vented from be­ing on the touch­line.

Ash­ley, who also owns re­tail company Sports Di­rect, is now seek­ing the sev­enth per­ma­nent man­ager of his near-eight years run­ning New­cas­tle.

Who­ever is hired will likely have to work un­der the same con­di­tions as Pardew with Premier League sur­vival and fi­nan­cial self­suf­fi­ciency the pri­or­ity for Ash­ley rather than the heavy spend­ing wit­nessed else­where.

The north­east club said as­sis­tant man­ager John Carver will take train­ing on Tues­day ahead of Thurs­day’s match against Burn­ley.

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