Pardew will get the chance next season to take on McDermottâ€™s Reading, surprise winners of the Championship, in the Premier League.
Pardew told the Sunday Sun: â€œThere are a lot of my ex-players who have gone into management and are doing well, which makes me very proud.
â€œThatâ€™s honestly great for me to see.
â€œMalky took Cardiff City to the League Cup Final, which was a fantastic achievement, and Brendan has been absolutely brilliant for Swansea in their first year in the Premier League.
â€œAnd then there is Brian who, for me, is probably the manager of the year for winning promotion with Reading.
â€œSo itâ€™s been a great season for me personally."