Pardew: 'I Never Got On With Southampton Chairman'
Sacked By Southampton, Alan Pardew returns to St Mary's for the first time since being given the elbow by the club in August 2010.
Pardew told the Northern Echo that "getting the sack was a relief for me". He insists he would have missed out on the opportunity of leading Newcastle to glory.
Alan Pardew: "If I'm honest, I was quite happy about it.
"I thought I'd done a good job but it was proving to be very very difficult to work with the owner.
"I wouldn't have jumped before I was pushed, but it was a difficult period working with Mr Cortese (pictured right).
"We just didn't see eye to eye. There was no nastiness in there, he just didn't want me as his manager and I think that was obviously coming through to me.
"I had a great relationship with the fans though and our performances were strong bearing in mind we had minus ten points and didn't really have a starting XI when I arrived.
"But the overriding factor for me was the players I left behind in League One.
"I’m talking Fontaine, Lallana, Calvin, Lambert, Puncheon, who I took to the club.
“I signed Lambert, aged 28, for £1million and told the chairman at the time he could play in the Premier League – and he’s proved me right.”
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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