Alan Pardew has said that it was  a ‘great move’ by Sunderland to bring in an experienced manager in Dick Advocaat.

Speaking four days after John Carver added a fifth in a row derby defeat to Alan Pardew’s previous four, the now Palace manager also stated that the Stadium of Light is a ‘difficult place to go’. Which was most definitely true when he was managing Newcastle before jumping ship.

If it was a great choice by the mackems to appoint a manager who has been in any number of high profile jobs, what exactly does it say about what Mike Ashley did with John Carver’s appointment?

Any Newcastle fans thinking they were guaranteed to see a new man come in to take control in the summer will hardly have been lifted by what John Carver had to say yesterday at his own pre-match press conference, talking about promises made to him about player investment by Mike Ashley.

I wouldn’t have minded being a mole on the wall (copyright Kevin Keegan) when Pardew walks out at the Stadium of Light tomorrow, but one thing for sure is that his new team can’t produce a more feeble effort than the team he was responsible for putting together when at Newcastle.

Alan Pardew:

“I think it was a great move for them to have someone of his experience at this time and he is proving that – they have some good players and it’s always a difficult place to go.

“I don’t think we’re under an illusions. It’s a team coming off the back of a great victory (beating Newcastle) and they will be buoyed for our game.”

Mackems will be wary:

“The stadium will be wary of us, the 11 players on the pitch.

“Irrespective of my reception, it’s about the 11 players on the pitch and Sunderland fans know that we’re in really good form.

Form as good as any:

“We’re three points away from the top 10 so of course it is a realistic target.

“Our form is as good as the top three or four clubs in the country and therefore they should receive the plaudits for what they’re doing. That would be only what they deserve.”

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