Alan Pardew Says Goodbye To Newcastle Players And Staff Ahead Of Imminent Crystal Palace Switch

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The Englishman is expected to be unveiled as Eagles boss before 2014 is out.

Alan Pardew has returned to Newcastle United to bid farewell to the players and staff at the club before being officially appointed manager of Crystal Palace, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

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Pardew announced his decision to leave St James’ Park after a little over four years in charge on Sunday and was immediately made favourite to succeed Neil Warnock – who left his position on Saturday – at Selhurst Park.

Since then Newcastle have given permission for the 53-year-old to discuss terms with Eagles chief Steve Parish and an agreement has been reached, whilst a compensation package has also been negotiated for the Magpies.

John Carver will take charge of the North East side on a temporary basis until a permanent successor to Pardew is found and the Englishman has said goodbye to his players and staff ahead of the move to South London.

Behind Arsene Wenger at Arsenal the former Southampton boss was the longest serving manager in the Premier League and will now be tasked with keeping Palace up against the odds.

Pardew’s predecessor Warnock says there are no hard feelings and backs his replacement for success.

“Alan will know all the bits and bobs. He’s a good manager and it’s beneficial for everyone – Newcastle as well,” the 66-year-old told talkSPORT.

“It’s great for him to go to London; I would have liked the chairman to tell me they had a chance of getting Alan Pardew and (ask) would I mind stepping down.”

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