I still can’t forgive Alan Pardew for what happened when he was at Newcastle United but….

When the now Crystal Palace manager talked after Newcastle’s humiliation on Saturday afternoon, you can only speak as you find, and I believe he was genuine when talking about his old club.

Alan Pardew says he still has so much love for players and staff he left behind and the Newcastle fans who follow their team through thin and thinner.

Pardew says that whatever he says is twisted and to an extent that has certainly been true since he left St James Park, though often he has fuelled that himself with provocative words at times.

However, I have to say he came over very well and that I have to accept he doesn’t want to see Newcastle United and the fans suffer any more.

It will always be an unrequited love Alan Pardew possesses for the United fans, Newcastle supporters will always see him as part of the problem at the club and never having been part of the solution.

Just like Steve McClaren now, Pardew’s biggest crime was accepting the Newcastle job on such weak terms and doing the best he could to cover for Mike Ashley’s shameless running of the club.

I don’t think Alan Pardew was/is a particularly good manager but compared to the clown that we have now, he certainly wasn’t any worse.

Alan Pardew:

“I have got people I love in that (Newcastle) dressing room, as players and staff, the fans as well who have travelled here today.

“But whatever I say about Newcastle is contrived to be something else – I’m smug, I’m this, or whatever…

“So I don’t want to say anything other than they are a great club and I hope their fortunes change in the coming weeks.”