In the latest part of their pre-match love-in, John Carver has now nominated Alan Pardew as a future England manager.

With Crystal Palace v Newcastle United only one day away now, Carver says that by dealing with the criticism when at St. James’ Park, Pardew showed he had the mental toughness to deal with the managing England.

In all of these pre-match comments, the thing that is missed  is why exactly Alan Pardew received so much criticism in the last two and a half years and that is because he lost a lot more football games than he won!

“Alan didn’t talk about England but me, Andy Woodman and Steve Stone would have a laugh and a joke about it.

“We’d say ‘Do you think he will take us to England with him’, we would have a bit of craic in the golf club about it. We used to have a laugh and a joke about England but Alan always remained focused on managing Newcastle.”

Pardew could deal with it;

“Alan can definitely be an England manager because he has the temperament.

“The England manager gets criticised by everyone, there would be big pressure on Alan but he could deal with it.”

Some of Pardew treatment was harsh?;

“The criticism Alan took was tough but he dealt with it and I am not sure there are many people out there who could have dealt with it like he did. .

“I thought some of the treatment Alan received was harsh but he was honourable and he stood up to it. He was as strong as an ox. His strength helped me and Steve Stone. He was a leader.”