Pardew sympathy for West Ham plight

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has revealed his sadness at West Ham’s relegation from the Premier League.

Pardew managed West Ham in 2003-2006 after resigning from Reading, leading the Hammers to promotion via the play-offs, and then a ninth place finish in the Premier League and an FA Cup final appearance. However, the 2006-7 season started poorly, and Pardew was sacked in December.

“I have a love for them that will never leave me. When you are manager of a club like that who lives and breathes the game you cant help but be attached to them. My loss is the same as theirs.”

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“I hate the fact that they are in the Championship again where I had to pick them up from only 5 or 6 years ago. It’s a situation I know they can get out of but its not something I am pleased about and nor will they be, and actually that fight and hunger will probably get them back sooner rather than later.”

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