Pardew says Hammers exit was premature

December 17, 2006

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.'