Former Newcastle United and current Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew revealed that he is ‘desperate’ to see his former club stay in the Premier League and stave off relegation to the Championship.
Pardew will face his former club on Saturday in what is a must win match for the Magpies, who are currently placed 19th in the table, one point behind 17th placed Sunderland.
Ahead of facing his former club, the Ex-Toon Army manager, who had a relatively successful spell while managing at the St. James’ Park, said that he wants the club he previously managed to stay up in the Premier League.
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“I am desperate for them [Newcastle] to stay up,” said Pardew while talking to the press.
“There are lot of players that I know there, and I have spent time with them, not just on the pitch, but off the pitch as well, so of course I want them to stay up.”
The 54-year-old who managed the Magpies from 2010 to 2014 in 185 matches, winning 71 of those encounters, declared his love for his former club and said that he had amazing time managing the club, where he also won Manager of the Year award back in 2012.
“I loved managing that club,” he said. “I had some great moments like reaching Europa League quarter-final, finishing 5th in the league, manager of the year, etc etc.”
Newcastle are on the run of three games where they've avoided defeat, and managed to earn five precious points against Swansea City, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Newly appointed manager Rafa Benitez is being largely praised for his team's performances in the last few games.
The former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has managed to find a team that looks threatening on the counter attack, and has shown the ability to fight back, which was missing under former manager Steve McClaren.
Pardew also went on to praise the Spaniard, who he believe is responsible for changing the mentality of the team.
“They [Newcastle] are a much stronger team now,” he said. “Rafa is an experienced manager, and he is got this team in a place to win the game, which worries me.”
Newcastle are currently one point behind 17th placed Sunderland, having played one game more than their city rivals.
However, with two out of those three games coming at home, and one match away against already relegated Aston Villa, the Magpies fans have a genuine reason to believe that this year, they can write their own great escape story much like Leicester City did last season.
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