“I absolutely love him. Palace legend!
“Got us to an FA Cup final that I believe we should have won. Plus the meme alone (of him dancing after their goal at Wembley) was worth it’s weight in gold!”
First of all, here’s THAT dance he’s referring to here:
Can't stand Alan Pardew. Never forget this dance. pic.twitter.com/kisIq2576h
— Shauna Murphy (@Smurf511) August 13, 2017
As Matt mentions above, Pardew did give Palace some great moments, but there might be a few Newcastle and Palace fans surprised to hear such praise for old Alan.
In fairness, they were in the relegation zone when he took over in January 2015 and he ended up helping them to an outstanding top 10 finish that same season, but, as the theme goes with Pardew, for every up there’s some real downs with him in charge. They went on a 14-game winless run the season after, seeing them escape relegation by just 5 points. The 2016/17 campaign didn’t get much better either and with just 6 wins in 36 games across 2016, he was sacked at the back end of last year.
Although this might be deemed a rather alternative opinion from Matt, it’s quite refreshing, in a world of fickle fanbases, to see him celebrate a manager’s successes opposed to obsessing over their shortcomings – even if it did all end in tears for Pards at Palace.
Then to Townsend – a player Matt admits to once ‘hating’, however here he relives the moment his opinion of Andros completely changed:
“I must admit I always hated him as a player before he came to Palace. I just didn’t feel like he was good enough for where I thought we should be heading as a club at the time.
“After watching him at West Brom last season, my opinion changed.
“He put in such a hard working performance for the team and scored a great goal.”
“Well Gayle for us always scored when he played. Can’t help but wish he got a greater chance at the club.
“To me I feel as if he is still a young player but he is in his late 20’s which i find hard to believe!
“He just struggles being that number one striker.”
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About Olly Hawkins
Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.