ALAN Pardew says he’s missing life at Newcastle United – after lifting Crystal Palace above his old club.
Pardew swapped St James’s Park for Selhurst Park in January.
I had five years there, and people come up to me and say ‘you must be so pleased you’re away from Newcastle’, but I actually miss Newcastle.Alan Pardew
The 53-year-old had spent four years on Tyneside, but his tenure had become increasingly fraught in the final years amid a vocal fan campaign for his sacking.
Pardew was tasked with keeping Palace in the Premier League by club chairman Steve Parish.
And Pardew’s side moved up to 12th place in the Premier League on Saturday after beating Stoke City 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium.
Newcastle were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal at St James’s Park.
Reflecting on his time with United on Goals on Sunday, Pardew said: “You’re going to get difficult years as a manager, and you have to see them through.
“I had five years there, and people come up to me and say ‘you must be so pleased you’re away from Newcastle’, but I actually miss Newcastle.
“The support is such, that it’s intense. They want their team to win.
“If I was to be critical of my management there, I didn’t win the derbies and didn’t do well enough in the cups, and unfortunately they’re emotive games for Newcastle fans.
“It’s a real regret of my management there, but I’m proud of everything else I achieved, and I sincerely hope in the summer they have a good window, buy well, and get that place rocking like it was in that second half (against Arsenal).
“The transfer window really hurt us when we lost Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy got injured, and that’s when our problems started.
“It is difficult to try and stay with those top clubs when you haven’t got the investment. We got so close – probably closer than Southampton are this year. We were two or three games away from the Champions League.
“The funds at Newcastle are way, way below Liverpool and Spurs, and those are the teams the fans expect to compete with.”
Pardew was succeeded at St James’s Park by John Carver, his former No2.
And Carver feels his side has fallen away because of the injury and suspension crisis which left him with just 13 senior outfield players available for the Arsenal game.
“I’ve got to be honest, it is because of the situation we are in,” said Carver.
“Congratulations to Alan, but I am not worried about Crystal Palace.
“The only thing that’s on my mind, and the only thing I’m worried about, is this football club and making sure everything I do is 100 per cent, everything the players do and give is 100 per cent, and that’s all I can ask for.”