ALAN Pardew has backed Neil Warnock to keep Crystal Palace up – but his old club won’t get any favours at St James’s Park.
Newcastle United go into tomorrow’s game looking for their first Premier League win of the season.
Palace have been in disarray since Tony Pulis walked out of Selhurst Park on the eve of the new campaign.
Warnock this week returned to the Eagles, also paired with Newcastle in the Capital One Cup, tasked with keeping them in the top flight.
“I know Neil well,” said Pardew, who famously helped Palace reach the 1990 FA Cup final as a player.
“He’s been there before, so he knows the club.
“It’s a good signing for them in terms of experience, and we play them in the cup as well, so we’ll see how they’re playing under Neil at close hand.
“I understand why they appointed him. As a club, Palace are trying to grow.
“One year in is not growing, you need that second and third year, as Hull have done. You look at them and their squad and they look like an established Premier League side.
“With the TV deal, all of us already in the Premier League have a huge advantage over the rest, and we’re all trying to capitalise.”
Pardew himself has been linked with the Palace job given his association with the club, but he doesn’t see himself returning to Selhurst Park later in his career.
But he said: “My romantic vision is to aim higher than that, not being disrespectful to Palace as it’s still a club which is close to my heart.”
Shot-shy United have taken one point from their opening two league games, and Pardew concedes the pressure is on his new-look team to get a goal – and win.
“If we get a win, it would have been a good start for us,” said Pardew, whose side lost to Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season and drew 0-0 at Aston Villa last Saturday.
“I’ve actually been very pleased with the start. The City game was always going to be defining, to a degree, how we coped with so many new signings – not with the result, but the performance.
“We took that into the second and third game and now, in the fourth, there is a little more pressure on us. And that is something new players have to cope with.
“I don’t think our fans would have expected us to win at Villa, but they expect us to win on Saturday, and that brings a different pressure – new players will have to cope with that.”