Newcastle boss Pardew avoids press after becoming Palace hotseat favourite

Having been backed to odds on favourite to succeed Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace Newcastle boss Alan Pardew chose to not face the press following his side’s 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday, Sky Sports is reporting.

Despite a win that halted a run of three straight league defeats Pardew decided to leave the post-match questions to his assistant John Carver.

Carver insisted all was well with the Newcastle manager and he had simply asked his number two to take the questions for him.

He said: “He just said ‘will you go and do the press for me?’, that was it. He’s fine, he’s delighted, it’s a fantastic result for us. We’ve had a difficult period against top opposition.

“We’ve set about them and he’s been pleased with the performance. It was one of our best performances in recent times.”

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville dismissed the speculation of Pardew moving on, claiming that he would be leaving for a smaller club.

The former Manchester United man continued by saying Pardew would only be interested in leaving if he felt his time was up at the club – having been under intense pressure a few months ago before the club’s resurgent form in recent times.

The former West Ham, Charlton and Southampton boss has been in charge of St James’ Park since 2010, notching up 185 games with the club and a win percentage of 38.38%.

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