Alan Pardew’s move to Crystal Palace almost over the line

ON HIS WAY ... Alan Pardew.
ON HIS WAY ... Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew is on the brink of leaving Newcastle United to take over at Crystal Palace.

The two clubs are understood to be close to agreeing a £2m compensation package.

Pardew, the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager, has told owner Mike Ashley that he wants to leave St James’s Park.

The 53-year-old chose not to speak to the media after yesterday’s 3-2 win over Everton.

Pardew’s non-appearance fuelled speculation linking him with the vacant post.

By this morning, he had been installed as the odds-on favourite to succeed Neil Warnmock at Selhurst Park, where he spent four years as a player.

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