Alan Pardew’s number two at Crystal Palace, Keith Millen, says that his boss ‘did a great job’ at St James Park and has nothing to prove.

Millen says that any Newcastle fans who know anything about football will realise that…

We are an ignorant lot up here!

Why Pardew has his second in command putting out this misinformation ahead of Saturday’s match is anybody’s guess.

It is almost a year now since Alan Pardew walked away from the club and in the meantime Newcastle fans have already had one reunion with him, when the team drew 1-1 in a shocking game last season.

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Alan Pardew had one season when everything fell for him, players like Cabaye, Ba and Cisse were at the top of their games, and the team got every bit of luck going to finish fifth.

Apart from that it was pretty dire stuff with a number of seriously long spells without winning, interspersed with little spikes of small winning runs that saved Alan Pardew every so often. In his final 77 Premier League matches at Newcastle, the team won only 22 of them.

He wasn’t the worst manager Newcastle ever had, after all there is pretty stiff competition over the years, but I still haven’t met many/any United fans who regret that he left.

Why Alan Pardew is still spoken about more than he deserves, is because of the awful patter he came out with when he was at St James Park, doing such an embarrassing PR job covering for Mike Ashley – that is his real legacy.

Keith Millen speaking to the Croydon Advertiser:

“I am sure the people of Newcastle who really know the game realise what a great job he did do.

“He has come to Palace and has done a great job here. He’s the Palace manager now and the main thing for us is getting the three points.

“Alan Pardew did a great job at Newcastle, he has got nothing to prove to them and he knows that.

“We were disappointed on Monday (beaten by Sunderland) because we had a couple of decent results leading into the game.

“Now we have to bounce back and for a long time we’ve done that. It doesn’t matter who we play against, we have to bounce back.

“The good thing about this group of lads is that they’ve done that in their careers.

“We are going to make sure the mindset is right, it’s a big game, but it’s more about us getting three points.”