Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he contacted Alan Pardew not long before his Newcastle days came to an end.

The former Man United boss saying that he likes to keep his eye in and gives Premier League managers a call, if he thinks they can benefit from his experience.

Ferguson enjoys watching the managers give their pre-match press conference in the lead up to games.

Then according to the now retired manager what he has seen and heard has prompted him to call several managers.

The two that he names as examples of recipients of his knowledge are Nigel Pearson (that one ended well…) and Alan Pardew whilst he was at Newcastle.

Sir Alex Ferguson states that sometimes it is the managers who call him, to ask advice, particularly on players.

Obviously it would have been interesting to have listened in when Pardew spoke to him and what particular advice he gave him.

Maybe he was the spark that led to Alan Pardew jumping ship to Selhurst Park…?

It obviously also begs the question, has Fergie been in touch with hi sformer assistant at Old Traffod, and if not, when is Steve McClaren going to pick up the phone and ask his old boss what his next move should be.

Sir Alex Ferguson speaking to the BBC:

“I like watching the (pre-match) press conferences on Sky on a Thursday and Friday – I enjoy that.

“Several times I have phoned a few of the managers, giving them a bit of advice and they have been good.

“I phoned Nigel Pearson, thought there were some elements where I thought I could help him there.

“The same with Alan Pardew – sometimes managers give me a call, ask me a bit of advice here and there, particularly about players – things like that.”