The total lack of class that Alan Pardew possesses had been largely covered up by his many friends in the media….until now.

When Newcastle fans pointed out facts, they were shouted down by the likes of Paddy Barclay, Ian Wright and others, with only the likes of West Ham and Charlton supporters nodding their heads in agreement after being subject to the management of Alan Pardew and his many excuses.

Going into today’s match against Leicester at Selhurst Park, Pardew and his Palace team hadn’t won a Premier League match for three months and more and more people have begun to realise that Alan Pardew isn’t quite what he seems, or basically, what he likes to tell people.

Even his erstwhile media fan club have laughingly gone very quiet as Pards has gone 12 games without a win, dragging Palace down to the fringes of the relegation battle. A decent run then followed by a disastrous series of matches without a win, all very familiar sounding to Newcastle supporters.

Alan Pardew may though today have just lit the fuse himself that then illuminates his true self to the wider world, with his programme notes for the game against Champions elect Leicester City.

The phrase ‘Damned with faint praise’ has never been more apt.

Alan Pardew saying Leicester ‘deserve unbelievable credit’, only then to basically list a whole load of reasons why they have been lucky – the subtext being that Pardew and Palace could easily have been in that same position themselves with the same ‘luck’. Bearing in mind that going into today’s game, Leicester City’s ‘luck’ had led to them losing only three of their 30 Premier League matches.

Pardew says that ‘the stars have aligned’ for Leicester, luck with injuries, luck with ‘top teams’ falling short, luck with tight games going their way, luck with getting a lot of penalties.

It is hilarious and at the same time sad, sad that somebody like Alan Pardew can be so bitter at the (deserved) success of others. Going into last weekend’s fixtures (before they beat Newcastle), in their previous 38 Premier League matches Leicester had picked up 11 extra points, or more, than any other club in the same period. Manchester City next best with 71 points compared to Leicester’s 82.

Alan Pardew programme notes 19 March 2016 Crystal Palace v Leicester City:

“Claudio Ranieri and his players deserve unbelievable credit for establishing a five point lead and while the stars have aligned to get them to this point in the season with very few injuries, the top teams falling well short and some tight games going their way, they have earned the right to be where they are now.

“Unlike Leicester we have been unfortunate to lose key players for long periods, while the fine margins that decide games in this league have also gone against us too often in recent months.

“Today’s opponents have been awarded 10 penalties this season, which is double the total of any other team.”