With Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew coming up against his former side for the first time since his departure, he believes his time in Tyneside can be considered a success, reports BBC Sport.
Pardew left the club to join Crystal Palace earlier in the New Year, with the experienced boss citing fan pressure as one of many reasons he left Newcastle in the first place. Crystal Palace were previously managed by Neil Warnock, but sacked him following a poor start to the season. And since Pardew’s arrival at Selhurst Park, the Eagles have been picking up points.
Newcastle enjoyed two top-half finishes under Pardew, and this season left them in 9th place before leaving. His new side Palace are currently 13th in the Premier League table, six points clear of the drop zone.
They face the Toon Army in the midweek fixture, which will see Pardew reacquainted with his old backroom staff and players, and ahead of the tie he feels he did a good job prior to leaving.
“I thought I did a good job and walked out with my head held high, and so I’m looking forward to the game. I’m not expecting or hoping for any reaction. We had some great times together. It was not so great the last year, but on the whole my experience there was great,” he said.
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