Alan Pardew is reportedly close to agreeing a deal to join Crystal Palace as their new manager. The Eagles have agreed a compensation package for Pardew, who played for the London side in the 80’s and has an excellent reputation amongst fans. If the 52-year-old does decide to swap Tyneside for London, he will put to an end four years of managing Newcastle under constant pressure and scrutiny from fans who he never convinced. The pressure peaked this season when Newcastle failed to win any of their first seven games and were second bottom of the Premier League table. But – largely thanks to his 8-year contract that he signed in 2012 – Newcastle owner Mike Ashley decided to keep his manager and ride out the pressure. Newcastle’s form has since improved significantly and they currently occupy 10th place in the table but Pardew still remains unloved by Geordie fans. The question now turns to who will replace Pardew if he joins Palace. Frank de Boer is the bookies favourite, while Tony Pulis and Tim Sherwood are also candidates. However, the latter pair both left their previous clubs after disagreement with owners regarding transfer activity and with Ashley’s track record of selling star players for maximum profit, they may not be overly keen on the Newcastle gig.