Pardew proud to face Newcastle

After four years in charge of the Magpies, Pardew quit at the end of December??to return to Palace, a club he played for between 1987 and 1991.

Pardew’s reign on Tyneside was occasionally a turbulent one, never more so than??after the club’s dismal start to the current campaign when they claimed just??four points from the opening seven matches to leave them bottom of the Premier League.

The fans turned on Pardew, demanding his resignation and calling for owner Mike??Ashley to leave, yet the 53-year-old managed to turn the tide, steering United??out of danger and up the table.

The reaction of supporters when he finally did leave was mixed. Some claimed he??had been harshly treated, others suggested he had made the right move in getting??out.

Pardew will get some idea as to what the hardcore fans thought of him on??Wednesday at Selhurst Park when Palace face Newcastle, not that he is overly??concerned.

“I’m not expecting or hoping for any reaction,” declared Pardew.

“We had some great times together. It was not so great the last year, but on??the whole my experience there was great.

“I thought I did a good job and walked out with my head held high, and so I’m??looking forward to the game. I’ve still got all my staff there and my players, and they’re close to my??heart.

“It will be strange because after four years after living every part of that??football club and that city, good and bad, it’s emotional. It will be a slightly different game for me.”