Alan Pardew has revealed the reasons why he left Newcastle United for Crystal Palace.
Pardew was announced as the new Palace boss last week and gave his first press conference to the media this afternoon. He said:
I think for me personally and professionally it was the right time and I think it's the right time for Newcastle too if I'm honest.
It was my decision. Steve Parish [Crystal Palace Chairman] met the clause in my contract, therefore I had a decision to make and I just thought it was the right decision for me... But also for Newcastle because I think four years under that type of monetary situation and the fact that they're trying to push and the history and everything else, is difficult for the manager.
Pardew also denied that his departure had been fuelled by rumours that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was considering selling the club. He said:
Mike never suggested that. That was never in the format. It was a simple equation really. Crystal Palace wanted me as their manager. They met the clause in my contract. Newcastle told me that it had been met and quite simply I had a choice of whether to stay or go.
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Alan Pardew has signed a three and a half year contract with his former club, Crystal Palace.
The announcement ends a four year career in charge at Newcastle United.
In a statement, Pardew said he was 'absolutely delighted' to be the new manager.
He said: "Everyone knows my history here, what's important now is to move the club to the next level. I believe with the backing of Steve [Parish] and the board I can help achieve that and create some new exciting history for the club."
Chairman Steve Parish has welcomed Pardew back to Selhurst Park.
"We wanted a manager with a great track record and proven experience in the Barclays Premier League.
"In Alan we have both these things as well as a man who has great affection for this club and shares my determination to take us to the next level."
Alan Pardew will take charge for tomorrow's FA Cup tie at Dover Athletic.
Palace will face the Magpies for the first time since Pardew's appointment on Feb 11 when Newcastle play away at Selhurst Park.
Alan Pardew thanked players, coaches and owner Mike Ashley for their support during his time at Newcastle United.
The club confirmed this morning that Pardew has been released from his contract - which was due to run until 2020 - to manage his former club, Crystal Palace.
He also had a "special thanks" for fans, some of whom were calling for him to go at the start of the season when the Magpies were in the bottom three.
"It has been a privilege to manage Newcastle United and I want to thank my captain Fabricio Coloccini and all the players, John Carver, Steve Stone, Andy Woodman, and all the staff, all of who have been outstanding servants to Newcastle United.
"A special thanks also goes to the fans for all their support over the last four years.
"I must also thank Mike Ashley and the board for their unwavering support during my tenure at the Club."
Alan Pardew has been released from his contract at Newcastle United to take over as manager at Crystal Palace.
After days of speculation and negotiations, football's worst kept secret was finally made public this morning.
John Carver and Steve Stone will be in the dug-out for today's FA Cup third round fixture at Leicester City.
In a statement, Newcastle United said the search for a new head coach had already begun.
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The Times - Pardew refused to speak to the media after yesterday’s victory over Everton, but it is understood that the Londoner has agreed terms to succeed Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace.
The Mirror (Dave Kidd) - Newcastle manager Alan Pardew keen on Crystal Palace managerial vacancy.
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The France international received two yellow cards in quick succession in the 1-0 defeat, first for kicking the ball away and then for a heavy challenge on former Magpie Andy Carroll.
Newcastle United's latest injury crisis appears to be improving.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew revealed today that several of his first-team players who missed last weekend's 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers are back in training ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with West Ham.
Speaking ahead of the game, Pardew said:
We've had some good news on that front in that [Fabricio] Coloccini is back on the training ground. Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, [Emmanuel] Riviere.
Rolando [Aarons] is not quite ready but I think he'll be around for next week.
It's a big week in the Premier League. Three games in seven days. So it's an important spell to have all your players around.
Newcastle United will be missing several first team players for the game against Queen Park Rangers at St James' Park on Saturday.
Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini is sidelined with a calf injury. Midfielders Rolando Aarons, Cheick Tiote and Mehdi Abeid have all been ruled out. While defender Steven Taylor is doubtful after suffering a knee problem.
Speaking ahead of the game, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said Paul Dummett will come into the side in place of Coloccini.