If anybody had forgotten Alan Pardew’s ability to ignore reality, he gave a timely reminder on Friday.

Before the weekend’s matches, the former Newcastle manager was asked about comments former United Chairman Freddy Shepherd had made, saying Pardew and not John Carver was to blame for NUFC’s current predicament.

Freddy Shepherd saying to the Chronicle:

“Pardew didn’t leave Carver any favours and he’s doing the best with what he’s got.

“I feel sorry for Carver and he has been harshly criticised, it is Pardew that must take responsibility for these players.”

Alan Pardew hit back saying that this was ‘typical’ of both Shepherd and the Chronicle, the Crystal Palace manager going on to say that the Chronicle cause problems for whoever is in charge at St. James’ Park.

However, Newcastle fans will be especially amused/angered by Alan Pardew’s claim that the results until he left were ‘pretty excellent’.

Pure Pardew and a reminder that just like John Carver now, he will say anything, no matter how little it is based on reality.

Alan Pardew:

“That is typically unfair of that individual (Shepherd) and also that local paper (Chronicle), who make it really difficult for the manager at Newcastle.

“The players that they have are trying their very, very best to get the club over the line.”

Newcastle players tremendous:

“They’re a group at the moment that are short on confidence and I hope John Carver and the team can get over the line on Saturday (v West Brom).

“The players at Newcastle have been tremendous over the years and during the time I was there.”

Pretty excellent results:

“My results up until I left were pretty excellent, in terms of where we were.

“I am not here to defend that (Newcastle) situation, the only thing I want to say is that I really hope Newcastle win on Saturday, it is a big game for them.”