The former Toon captain moved to West Ham United this week.
Pardew, a former boss at Upton Park, said: "I would like to thank Kevin for his sterling efforts as a player and captain of this club, especially since I took over last season.
"He displayed admirable leadership qualities and I wish him every success at West Ham. It's a great club and I'm sure he will thrive there.
"We are looking to complete on a number of deals over the next month or so and I am sure with the quality of signings I anticipate coming into the club, we should look forward to exciting times in the upcoming season as we look to establish the club as a genuine force in the top half of the Premier League."