Alan Pardew has been named as the ‘obvious candidate’ to replace Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

Step forward Tony Cascarino, former Chelsea striker and Chairman of the Alan Pardew appreciation society.

The one-time mackem slayer (Gillingham 1987) says that Pardew is ready for the step to the Champions League and has the ‘ability, ego and bravery’…well he certainly has one of the three!

Cascarino says that having survived over four years under Mike Ashley, Alan Pardew will be able to handle Roman Abramovich.

The player turned pundit thinks that Chelsea also need a manager who is ‘compassionate’ and who can ‘heal the wounds’, with once again Alan Pardew his ideal candidate.

It won’t happen but it would be essential viewing if ‘Pards’ got the Chelsea gig, here’s hoping.

Tony Cascarino (his name spells Casino if you leave out ‘car’…) writing for The Times:

“There is one obvious candidate to be the new Chelsea manager and that is Alan Pardew.

“He is ready for the step up to join a team in the Champions League. He has the ability, the ego and the bravery.

“Pardew can handle any owner, even one as demanding as Roman Abramovich. After all, Pardew survived four years at Newcastle United under Mike Ashley and that was remarkable in itself.

“Pardew has the ego to walk into any boardroom and any dressing room and not feel intimidated.

“Perhaps Abramovich will think Pardew is not a glamorous enough appointment but Crystal Palace play attractive football.

“If not Pardew, then Abramovich should consider Mark Hughes. Right now Stoke City are playing the sort of football that would excite the Chelsea owner.

“What the Chelsea players need is a compassionate manager. Pardew would heal the wounds and get them winning again.”