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Alan Pardew feels the love upon nearing return to Crystal Palace

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Alan Pardew is on the brink of becoming the new Crystal Palace manager after the club agreed compensation terms with Newcastle United. Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley is believed to have given Pardew permission to being talks with Palace chairman Steve Parish to work on completing the move.

Pardew fuelled speculation that he was interested in the position, which recently became vacant after the sacking of Neil Warnock, when he did not complete his interview after Newacstle's 3-2 victory over Everton at the weekend. He did not take training today either and Steve Stone and John Carver have been placed in temporary charge of the Magpies.

It has been a turbulent year for Pardew in the Northeast at the club where he has managed since 2010. He came in for some fierce criticism from fans early this season when Newcastle were stuck in the bottom 3 in the Premier League. The Toon Army became impatient and banners with "Pardew Out" were commonplace at all Newcastle games until the team put together a run of 6 consecutive victories to shoot up the table.

Pardew also masterminded a stunning victory over leaders Chelsea to inflict Jose Mourinho's only league defeat of the season so far. In stark contrast, Crystal Palace fans will welcome Pardew with open arms as he spent 4 successful seasons there as a player from 1987 to 1991 when he gained cult status for his abrasive style.

He famously scored the winner in a thrilling 4-3 FA Cup semi final victory over Liverpool in 1990 and played his heart out in both the final and replayed final loss to Manchester United. At Palace, Pardew would expect to have greater input in transfer decisions as well as having the comfort of having the club's supporters get behind him and his endeavours.

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