Newcastle boss happy to move on for Palace challenge

Alan Pardew celebrates during Newcastle's win against Everton
Alan Pardew celebrates during Newcastle's win against Everton

ALAN Pardew is on the brink of becoming Crystal Palace’s new manager – after deciding his time at Newcastle United was up.

Pardew is set to be confirmed as Neil Warnock’s successor at Selhurst Park tomorrow.

The two clubs yesterday thrashed out a compensation package worth more than £2m.

A club statement read: “Newcastle United can confirm that Crystal Palace have made a formal approach requesting permission to speak to Alan Pardew in relation to their vacant managerial position.

“Crystal Palace have offered compensation at a level whereby Alan has now been permitted to speak to them.

“As a result of this development, Alan will not be at training on Tuesday. Training will be the responsibility of assistant manager John Carver.

“The club will make a further announcement in due course.”

Goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman is likely to follow Pardew to Palace, where he spent four years as a player.

Assistant manager John Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone will take charge of ninth-placed Newcastle for the New Year’s Day home game against Burnley as the search starts for Pardew’s successor.

Out-of-work Tony Pulis and Hull City manager Steve Bruce are the bookmakers’ early favourites.

United captain Fabricio Coloccini has also been mooted as a candidate, though he would have to have the necessary coaching badges to take the job on full-time.

However, Ajax manager Frank de Boer, linked with the job, will not leave his club during the season, according to his agent.

Pardew, the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager, chose not to speak to the media after Sunday’s 3-2 Premier League win over Everton at St James’s Park, fuelling speculation about his future.

And the 53-year-old – who had previously insisted he would not walk away from the job at St James’s Park – informed Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, on holiday in Barbados, of his keenness to speak to Palace.

Pardew was keen for United to strengthen in next month’s transfer window.

However, Pardew – who wanted the club to sign another striker – was reportedly told that there would be no funds available.

This is understood to be a more significant factor in his decision than the fan hostility he has faced during a troubled 12 months on the field for his team.

Pardew signed an eight-year contract in September 2012, and as such Palace have had to pay a huge sum in managerial terms to take him to Selhurst Park.

However, Steve Parish, the club’s chairman, was willing to pay handsomely for Pardew’s services, having been convinced he was the right man to guide the relegation-threatened club to safety.