ALAN Pardew says Sam Allardyce got the better of Newcastle United in the transfer market in the summer.
But Pardew is confident that his team can still come out on top against his former club West Ham United at Upton Park tomorrow.
Both Pardew and Allardyce were under intense pressure from supporters early in the campaign.
Yet Newcastle and West Ham are fifth and sixth in the Premier League respectively ahead of tomorrow’s encounter in East London.
While summer signings Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback and Daryl Janmaat have shone at St James’s Park, Pardew feels Allardyce’s a have made a bigger impact so far this season. “I think West Ham signed, pound for pound, the best signings of the summer,” said Pardew.
“I think he’s taken the club forward this year in terms of their style of play.
“With the options Sam has, I feel they’re in for a big season. I felt that in the summer.
“Although are signings have made an impact – such as Janmaat, Colback and Perez – our real strength has come from within – Sammy (Ameobi), Rolando (Aarons), Gabby (Gabriel Obertan), (Paul) Dummett.
“All these guys have pushed up a little notch, but both teams have improved greatly on last year.”
Newcastle were also linked with Ecuador World Cup forward Enner Valencia, who joined West Ham from Mexcican side Pachuca.
‘The interest wasn’t to the point where it got close,” said Pardew.
“But their market is our market, and all of those players who went there are players we perhaps should have moved on, because they have done very well.
“That’s testament to their scouting team and the manager for picking them off.”
Many West Ham fans had been unhappy with their team’s style of play under Allardyce, a complaint that echoed the views of many on Tyneside during his tenure at St James’s Park.
And there were vocal demands for Pardew to be sacked early in the campaign.
“In the Premier League, you come under pressure from time to time,” said Pardew, who guided West Ham to the 2006 FA Cup final.
“You have to be big enough to handle that. Some of it gets personal, and you have to deal with that, you might not like it.
“Sam has more experience of the Premier League than I do. He knows what it takes to win, and he’s adaptable.”
Pardew’s side won 3-1 at Upton Park last season thanks to two goals from Yohan Cabaye and another from Loic Remy.
“It’s a special game for me,” said Pardew, whose team have won their last five league games.
“When we went back last year it was terrific. We really played well, and it was one of our best performances – that made me proud.
“I have a lot of love for West Ham and the fans there. It would be great going back any time, but with this team is good news.”