Posted on Apr 09
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has warned his players against the dangers of moving to a supposedly 'bigger' club, citing the examples of Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique.
The duo both left the north-east club for Liverpool but were taunted upon their return to Tyneside just over a week ago in a match Newcastle won 2-0.
The Magpies are now 13 points in front of Liverpool and pushing for a place in European football that the Merseysiders almost regarded as theirs by right.
Pardew, writing in his programme notes ahead of Monday's match against Premier League strugglers Bolton at St James' Park, said: "I took no satisfaction from seeing our former players Andy and Jose enduring a difficult day as they were fantastic for us during their time at this club.
"But maybe this season has changed a few perceptions and sent out a message to players tempted by offers to join so-called bigger clubs in the Premier League," he added.
"Newcastle have proved time and again over the last few months that we can compete with big-name clubs like Liverpool, and maybe it will encourage players to think again if they dare to believe the grass is greener elsewhere."