When Alan Pardew was at Newcastle, Tony Gale was one of his many mates in the media who defended him no matter what.

When Newcastle were on one of their regular losing streaks under Pardew, Tony Gale would blame everybody but his mate, with the Newcastle fans often the target of his finger of blame.

It would be interesting at the minute to see exactly who he thinks is responsible for Crystal Palace’s current form of two wins in their last 22 Premier League matches…

Watching Newcastle United take on Reading last night, Tony Gale had some interesting views on the match and what is to come this season.

The player turned pundit said after Newcastle’s 4-1 win that they played well but ‘I still have reservations’.

Tony Gale claiming Newcastle won’t finish in the top two because ‘they can’t handle it when things go wrong’.

A bit of a sweeping statement after only three matches, when Rafa Benitez is dealing with injuries, suspensions, twisty faced Sissoko, and the small matter of having to move in and out – basically a full team’s of signings.

The problems Rafa is having to deal with, having at least in part being caused by Alan Pardew’s neglect during his time at St James Park.

The best bit though, is Tony Gale blaming the fans for anything that potentially goes wrong.

Whilst everybody else is talking about the remarkable backing of the Newcastle supporters (7,000 away at Fulham, 52,000+ home v Huddersfield, away allocation instantly sold out for Bristol City, 48,000+ midweek v Reading), instead Pardew’s mate accuses the NUFC fans of getting on the players’ backs…

Tony Gale speaking on Sky Sports after Newcastle 4 Huddersfield 1:

“They stood out in terms of result and played well to a point…but I still have reservations.

“I don’t think they are going to go up automatically because they can’t handle it when things go wrong.

“The crowd gets on their backs and things will go wrong in Championship, (it will be) an up and down season.”