Alan Pardew has came out with a new reason/excuse as to why he left Newcastle United.

The former United boss sat in the dugout for the win over Everton on 28 December but then told John Carver he wasn’t going to do his press duties afterwards.

This left everybody assuming that he’d made his decision before that 3-2 win and then headed off to London straight after the game.

Certainly what has appeared in the press since seems to back that up, the decision happening behind the scenes and before that Everton game.

However, in an interview with the Evening Standard, Alan Pardew now claims that it was the reaction by fans and the media the day AFTER that win over the scousers, which made him throw the towel in at Newcastle United:

“The next day, the reaction in the press and the town was that we won because of their deficiencies.

“I thought to myself, ‘what am I ever going to win here?’ I thought maybe it’s time to go, it’s better for them and better for me.”

You pay your money and you make your choice as to what to believe.

Before or after, you decide.