Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Has Taken the First Escape Route out of United

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Has Taken the First Escape Route out of United

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Byline: THE FOOTBALL Like us on Facebook SUPERMAC Malcolm Macdonald shoots from the lip

ALAN PARDEW walking out on Newcastle United sent a powerful message to all football followers.

Because it had "escape route" written all over it.

I accept Pardew felt he could never win back the United fans, but he also realised he was handcuffed by Mike Ashley and would remain that way for as long as he was in his employment.

For me, Pardew had become more and more of a puppet, a man with absolutely no say in recruitment apart from which positions needed strengthening.

The selection of players was down to Graham Carr and the financial part of the deal to Lee Charnley.

So when an opportunity came along to get out to another club, Pardew leapt at it.

I do not accept Crystal Palace was in his heart and all that guff.

Tonbridge is in my heart and so too Fulham, but I would not leave Newcastle for either of them.

They are smaller clubs and therefore a step down. Palace are a smaller club than United, of course.

No, Pardew just wanted to get away when the opportunity suddenly arose.

Ashley is the kind of owner who only wants a head coach in charge of the team - not a manager in the old-fashioned sense. He wants someone to coach and select the players he is given.

Therefore John Carver suits him fine if he can make a fist of it. Ashley may as well give Carver a go until the end of the season and stop drawing up a short-list of managers right now.

Managers who want to manage like Tony Pulis, who was available, would never come and work under Ashley's restrictions anyway.

I am not running down Carver by the way. Not at all. He is a nice man, a Geordie who loves Newcastle and I wish him well.

It is just he fits the job description so he may as well be given a crack at it.

By the way, on United's transfer policy may I state it is not as super successful as it is often portrayed. …

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