Pardew shocked by Hammer blow

Alan Pardew believes he deserved more time as West Ham manager.

Alan Pardew believes he deserved more time as West Ham manager.

Pardew was sacked after a run of three defeats in which his side failed to score a goal.

The former Reading boss admits he was surprised by chairman Eggert Magnusson’s decision to show him the door when the two met following the 4-0 drubbing by Bolton which came on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Wigan.

“The performance was poor and I expected to have a conversation about that,” Pardew told Sky Sports News.

“He laid it on the line for me – it was a gut feeling after the two performances and I think I maybe deserved a bit more than that.”

Pardew revealed he was sacked after declining the chance to resign, adding: “He offered me ‘mutual consent’ but I wasn’t going to accept that because I thought I could turn things around.”

Despite his disappointment, Pardew is forecasting a bright future for the Hammers under his successor Alan Curbishley.

Pardew said: “There are a lot things that are going to work for Curbs at West Ham – he’s going to inherit a great squad, he’s got money in the transfer window and he’s got Dean Ashton coming back.”

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