Alan Pardew was sacked five months ago by Crystal Palace.
The 22 December 2016 saw even the club where he was a cult hero as a player finally admitting to themselves what everybody else had been saying.
The Manager with the worst record throughout 2016 of all 92 league clubs, was indeed only taking them in one direction.
Newcastle fans, West Ham supporters and Charlton diehards had all warned them, until even Crystal Palace fans saw the light.
However, maybe you can fool all of the people all of the time, or at least one group of (desperate) people at any one time.
Middlesbrough have endured a shocking season, winning all four of 33 Premier League matches and scoring a paltry 23 goals.
No wonder they are maybe ripe to be the latest deluded fanbase to potentially welcome Alan Pardew into their midst…
Not all of the comments below from Boro supporters are positive but quite worrying how many see him as the ideal answer to their situation.
Maybe my favourite comment is the Middlesbrough fan who sees Alan Pardew on a similar level of achievement as Claudio Ranieri!
Comments from Middlesbrough fans via their top message board Come on Boro:
‘Just been watching Goals on Sunday and Alan Pardew comes across as a Manager we could do worse by getting him in now!
Twice promoted from the Champos, Mags in Europe and Palace into a Cup Final.
No problems working in the North East, has a passion for the game and knows the British game inside out.
Don’t mess about Gibbo – call him up!’
‘Yes I would have him, been there knows what its about.’
‘Throw off your aversion to Mags and Cockneys and see past it and he’s the man.’
‘Problem is he starts off well then all his sides end up in relegation battles. No thanks.’
‘Only ever went down with Charlton but I’d take a good start right now wouldn’t you?’
‘I like pardew, knows the game.’
‘Pardew is a…..but I would have him.’
‘If Pardew got the nod i wouldn’t set foot in the Riverside until he was gone.’
‘Personally I’d have given him the England job when fat Sam got rumbled.’
‘He’s just a bit of a smarmy…..’
‘What has that got to do with your ability to manage a football team?’
‘He’s a rubbish manager that fails miserably at every club he’s been to.
Newcastle and Palace being the last two is evident enough.
Much better out there with great potential, Wagner and the gadge from Fulham.
Only one of them two can possibly go up, maybe neither. Approaches should be made once the season has concluded.’
‘Remember we’re in the north east and the team hasn’t even a decent spine for a big name manager to work with ,
Pardew with decent money to spend and I believe we’d be promoted .
Those wanting hiddink, anchelotti and the like are in cloud cuckoo land if they think anyone in that bracket would even be slightly interested.’
‘I think pardew is out of gibbo’s price range.’
‘Pardew and Ranieri would be top of my list. Both have a good track record. Ranieri probably edges it for me.’
‘Pardew great track record???
What part of messing up at every club he has managed are you missing?’
‘Rough stats: Pardew 800+ games with win ratio around 40%
Ranieri 1000+ games with big euro teams 45% +
Seems like a likeable chap. I think he would go down well on the t side.’
‘Charlie Manson seemed like a likeable chap but….’
‘Pardew has become the type of Manager you bring in to get a bounce. Arm around the Players & all that.
Not what we’re hoping for at the start of a Season.’
‘There are some truly odious and rubbish managers kicking about.
I’m really praying for Gibbo to pull a Rabbit out of the hat this time.’
‘Pardew isn’t a very good manager. The End.’
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