Warnock predicted Palace for Pardew


Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Neil Warnock has cushioned the blow of losing his job at Crystal Palace by watching Downton Abbey, having admitted he had already told Alan Pardew the job would one day be his.

Palace let Warnock go on Sunday and now look set to snare ex-player Pardew from Newcastle as they bid to stay in the Barclays Premier League.

Warnock is confident they will, and himself has already been linked with the vacant job at Rangers, despite what some consider to be a failure at Palace.

The 66-year-old, though, is already enjoying some time away from football.

When told by talkSPORT he was second favourite to replace Ally McCoist, he said: “Oh my goodness. That’s a fantastic club; but I’ve watched seven episodes of Downton Abbey in the last few days – you miss out on things like that…. things are not all doom and gloom.”

Updates are expected on Pardew’s situation on Tuesday, with Newcastle having given him permission to talk to the Eagles late on Monday night.

And though Warnock was disappointed to be told he was being moved on, he says he told Pardew that he would one day take the Palace job.

“It was really sudden on Sunday morning. I got a phone call just before I was leaving to go to QPR,” he said. “It did come as a shock at the time, but as things have panned out it’s not as much of a shock now as it was, but that’s how it went.

“(Assistant) Ronnie Jepson said to me when I went in to get my desk tidied, he said ‘gaffer, they’ve got somebody else’. I know the chairman knows Alan well.

“You’ll laugh at this but when we were at Newcastle, Alan was getting so much stick there, I remember pulling him after the game and said ‘this is the club for you, your next club’.”

Speaking as if he was happy to be replaced by Pardew, Warnock continued: “Alan will know all the bits and bobs. He’s a good manager and it’s beneficial for everyone – Newcastle as well. 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.”

Despite leaving Palace in the midst of a survival fight, Warnock has no regrets about his second stint in charge of the club.

Claiming a poor pitch hindered them at home, the veteran boss thinks he did the best he could after replacing Tony Pulis, who quit on the eve of the season.

“I had the opportunity. It was great to go back to Palace and I think I can hold my head up,” he said.

“We have given them a fighting chance and, when Alan does bring one or two players in, they’ve got a hell of a chance.”

Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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