Alan Pardew returns to Newcastle for the first time after he walked away 16 months ago and now Derek Llambias has been having his say about his friend and former colleague.
Not surprisingly, Derek Llambias has a very selective memory about what happened at Newcastle United whilst Pardew (and LLambias!!!) were at St James Park.
Yes, as we all know we had a great season in 2011/12 when everything went Newcastle’s way and game after game we won by the odd goal, nearly every one of them a wonder goal by the likes of Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba and Cabaye.
However, we also remember that between Ashley, Llambias and Pardew, we saw a shocking failure to build on that breakthrough season and instead they combined to almost get Newcastle relegated the following season, United only confirming safety with a win in the final away match at QPR.
Under Alan Pardew Newcastle fans became used to some encouraging runs 0f form but always followed by dramatic collapses and much longer depressing runs of form.
Derek Llambias is no stranger to remembering his days at Newcastle in a slightly different light to the rest of us, or indeed compared to the actual facts.
When Llambias was at Rangers, we highlighted the misleading claims in the Derek Llambias CV on the Rangers official website (essential reading HERE) and which led to the Glasgow club having to embarrassingly admit just how misleading it had been (a must read HERE).
So a character reference for Alan Pardew from Derek Llambias, that will really have made Newcastle fans stop and think…
Derek Llambias speaking to The Sun:
“Alan Pardew did a fantastic job at Newcastle.
“He came in at a difficult time, built the squad, got them playing good football, finished fifth, got into Europe, he did a great job.
“Considering where we were, to get us to fifth was an amazing season. He took us on a journey.
“The stadium was full with a good atmosphere and he gave us a European experience. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him and thought he was a really good guy that achieved a lot in a short time.
“As in all football, people are opinionated. Some fans thought he was great, some didn’t.
“I hope he wins it (FA Cup). It would be great for Palace and great for football.”