Newcastle fans in sweet vindication as Crystal Palace woe worsens

It didn’t exactly take a footballing genius to know that Alan Pardew was not universally adored while in charge of Newcastle United.

The 54-year old tactician was publicly abused by the Geordie faithful, with the outsiders perhaps baffled at that considering the reasonable job he did in the North East on a limited budget.

Upon moving to Crystal Palace in January 2015, the former West Ham and Reading boss had settled right back into life at Selhurst Park, where he called home during his playing career.

The criticism directed at him by Toon fans was shrugged off by everyone who didn’t reside on Tyneside, with many believing it came about due to an unrealistic expectation of their side.

Typical Newcastle, they said. Thinking they are bigger than they actually are. Deluded Geordies.

Here’s a man who clearly enjoyed a return to South London, who was doing such a good job with a previously unfashionable Eagles outfit, he was touted as a potential England manager one day.

Well, thankfully that is yet to happen.

Pardew is enduring a dismal run of form that has seen his side drop from European hopefuls, to a side sliding toward the relegation battle at an alarming rate.

While the situation is perhaps not as dire as some of his days at Toon boss, fans are understandably beginning to question their boss.

Amid Palace’s plight, there are naturally some very cocky Newcastle fans.

The phrase ‘I told you so’ springs to mind.