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Pardew 'no comment' from Newcastle Utd

Alan Pardew (left) with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish (right) in the stands during Palace's match at Villa Park yesterday Credit: PA

An eerie silence hangs around St James' Park.

The club's only statement regarding departed Alan Pardew is a simple 'no comment'.

This is despite it being widely reported that Pardew started his new job at the helm of Crystal Palace today.

The London club is also refusing to confirm or deny anything at this stage.

Alan Pardew sat in the stands watching his new team perform during Palace's goalless draw at Aston Villa yesterday.

As he did so, John Carver took over the manager's bench at St James' Park for at least one match - a 3-3 draw at home to Burnley.

So Alan Pardew is definitely gone, even though both clubs are refusing to confirm this.

Who will be his long-term replacement? Will Newcastle United say anything to fans - those poor people with a lifelong vested interest in the club?

As soon as we find out we will let you know.

Carver sheds light on Pardew's future

As it stands, Alan Pardew is still Newcastle United's manager. But he may not be for much longer.

Pardew is on the brink of becoming the new Crystal Palace boss.

His assistant, John Carver, held Newcastle's pre-match press conference today (December 31).

And he shed some light on what's been happening at the club over the last few days:


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Bruce rules out Magpies switch

Hull boss Steve Bruce has ruled out any chance of him becoming Newcastle manager, should Alan Pardew move to Crystal Palace.

Bruce rules out Magpies switch Credit: Press Association

Bruce is a boyhood Newcastle fan and said he was "flattered" to be linked with the position but is committed to Hull and has already turned down three offers from other clubs during his time at the Tigers.

Pardew is yet to complete a move to Crystal Palace after Newcastle announced on Monday night that a compensation figure had been agreed and he had been given permission to talk to the Eagles.

Bruce told a news conference ahead of tomorrow's clash with Everton:

People know that I am from Newcastle, I was a Newcastle supporter as a boy and it has been regurgitated since I was a 22-year-old playing for Norwich and Gillingham. For that obvious reason every time I am linked with them. It's very flattering as I'm a Geordie but that's it. I have a job to do here and it would be wrong for me to think of anything else other than get this club out of the position we are in and that's all I am focused on.It would be wrong for the speculation to keep carrying on for the club, for the supporters, for the players. I am determined to see this through and make sure we stay in the Premier League and build on the good work we have done in the last two hand a half years. I have had three offers in the two and a half years I have been here and I have turned them all down so I think the chairman knows the way I feel and why would I want to leave now? It's not right, and I hope people respect that.

– Steve Bruce

Hull are only a point off the relegation zone and Bruce accepted that some fans might believe it was time for him to go.

We all know the industry, the one thing you don't want to see is fellow managers being sacked but I understand the nature of the beast and some people in this city probably think its my time for my head to roll. Thankfully I have a chairman I am convinced will stick by me. One thing none of us need is distraction and we want to be fully focused on one thing - to get us out of trouble.

– Steve Bruce

Newcastle United speaks following Pardew revelations

Alan Pardew. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle United are to hold a press conference ahead of their New Year's Day match against Burnley later (December 31).

It will be the first time the club has spoken since it emerged that Alan Pardew was in discussions to take over the vacant manager's job at Crystal Palace.

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