Pardew pleased by transfer trust

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew feels the freedom his chairman gives him in the transfer market vindicates his decision to leave Newcastle last season.

Pardew's time at the Magpies was turbulent to say the least and he remained unpopular despite leading them to a safe mid-table position midway through last season.

His decision to leave the club, on paper, seemed a strange one as Palace were in danger of being dragged into a relegation scrap while Newcastle remained relatively safe.

However, with the move, the fortunes of both clubs flipped, with Newcastle going on a run of eight consecutive defeats while the Eagles stormed up the table to finish 10th in the Premier League.

On top of that, the 54-year-old is enjoying almost complete faith from his chairman in the transfer market; a fact which he says proves he made the right decision.

"I've been pretty frustrated in the last two or three years in the transfer market, so I'm pretty pleased this year," he told Sky Sports.

"I said to Steve Parish, the chairman, that it was an important year for us to make a statement. It's all well and good having those conversations but you need the backing.

"This is the first time, and one of the reasons I came to this football club, I have full control with the chairman over transfers. I'm really pleased with the business we've done.

"The thing about a football manager is he has a philosophy and a way of playing. At Newcastle, at times, it was difficult for me to implement the transfers into my agenda because the agenda was different.

"Here the agenda is much easier for me. The chairman says I can buy to my philosophy, so we're buying players like Sako and Bamford, Connor Wickham because I want us to go forward, I want us to be an exciting team," he concluded.