Newcastle United's biggest mistake was a lack of freedom given to Alan Pardew

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Alan Pardew has flourished in his role as Crystal Palace manager, after leaving behind a rough few seasons with Newcastle United.

The Englishman took over at the Magpies after the sacking of fan favourite Chris Hughton midway through the 2010/11 season, steering the club to a 12th-placed finish upon their return to the Premier League.

Things under Pardew continued to improve at St James' Park following the signings of Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba, with Papiss Cisse's January arrival adding to the club's attacking threat.


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During the 2011/12 season, Pardew's side were largely impressive throughout, securing fifth and the manager himself winning Premier League Manager of the Season, the first to do so on Tyneside.

However, it was the following season when things began to turn a sour for the former West Ham boss. Despite the previous outstanding season, dismal cup runs and poor showings in the Europa League were a far cry from what was expected.

It was up to January signings Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mathieu Debuchy to save Newcastle from relegation that season, with the Magpies eventually finishing 16th.

The 2013/14 campaign saw a return to form for Pardew and his men before the January sale of Cabaye began a dramatic decline, which the club are yet to recover from.

It was at this point fans turned. No longer was their manager a hit - he became hated. Accused of being a 'yes man', Pardew became the scapegoat that supporters abused on a weekly basis.

In January 2015, Pardew completed a move to Crystal Palace following the sacking of Neil Warnock and since taking over has thrived in a role which has granted him the freedom to dictate how he pleases.

He inherited an Eagles side that was wallowing down in the relegation places to secure a top ten finish, with Palace currently sitting seventh in the Premier League after 20 games.

So, would it have been a different tale if Pardew was granted freedom over transfers at Newcastle? Possibly so. One thing is for sure, though - the Magpies are far worse off without the passion and ruthlessness of the 54-year-old.

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