LONDON – Alan Pardew is set to leave Newcastle for Crystal Palace after the Premier League rivals agreed on compensation for the manager’s services on Monday.
Pardew, who has been at Newcastle since 2010 and is the league’s longest-serving current manager, now has permission to speak to Palace about replacing Neil Warnock.
Although Palace is in the relegation zone and Newcastle is in 10th place, Pardew has endured a fraught relationship with fans of the northeast club where he was under contract until 2020.
And Pardew would be returning to the London club where he is still fondly remembered from his 1987-1991 spell as a player at Selhurst Park. Palace’s next game is against Aston Villa on Thursday.
“Crystal Palace have made a formal approach requesting permission to speak to Alan Pardew in relation to their vacant managerial position,” Newcastle said in a statement. “Crystal Palace have offered compensation at a level whereby Alan has now been permitted to speak to them.”
With Newcastle owner Mike Ashley maintaining a public silence, Pardew often bore the brunt of fans’ frustrations. The discontent came to a head in May when he was roundly booed by large sections of the home crowd at St. James’ Park despite a victory over Cardiff.
Pardew also was banned last season for head-butting an opposing player during a game; the heaviest punishment ever inflicted on a Premier League manager. For three matches he was banned from stadiums, and for the remaining four games he was prevented from being on the touchline.
Ashley, who also owns retail company Sports Direct, is now seeking the seventh permanent manager of his near eight years running Newcastle.
Whoever is hired will likely have to work under the same conditions as Pardew with Premier League survival and financial self-sufficiency the priority for Ashley rather than the heavy spending witnessed elsewhere.
Newcastle said assistant manager John Carver will take training on Tuesday ahead of Thursday’s match with Burnley.
West Brom drops Irvine
Birmingham, England — Premier League club West Bromwich Albion fired head coach Alan Irvine on Monday after winning just one of its last nine games, saying a change is necessary to boost its hopes of avoiding relegation.
The club said in a statement late Monday that “Irvine leaves the club with immediate effect,” and that assistant head coach Rob Kelly will take charge of the team for Thursday’s game against West Ham.
West Brom said it hopes to name a permanent successor this weekend, with former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood tipped by British media to be among the leading candidates.
West Brom’s Technical Director Terry Burton said the decision to fire Irvine was a matter of “regret but necessity” because of the team’s continuing poor results.
West Brom has won just four of 19 league games and is 16th at the halfway point, one point clear of the relegation zone after losing seven of its last nine games.