We are going to see a lot more of Alan Pardew once again.
Luckily for Newcastle fans this time he will be on TV and not in the dugout.
Still unemployed after being sacked by Crystal Palace eight months ago, Sky Sports have taken him on as a pundit following the departure of Niall Quinn.
It goes without saying that no doubt he’ll be used a lot on the coverage of Newcastle matches (just as the former Mackem player, Manager, Chairman was), with his usual ability of selective memory when it comes to his past ‘accomplishments’.
Alan Pardew has already said that he is hoping to get a Premier League job when somebody is sacked early on this coming season – but after being the worst manager in all four divisions in 2016, his arrogance/optimism is likely to be way off target.
Alan Pardew speaking to Sky Sports:
“Having just come out of Premier League management after being in it for the last 10 years, I will hopefully be able to provide a little bit of insight for fans of the game.
“I will have no qualms in saying if there is a substitution that has unbalanced a team. But I would rather talk positively if I can.
“I am not coming on air to make life difficult for managers, I am coming on air to give fans an insight into how managers are thinking. That is something I am well versed in, particularly when managers come under pressure.
“I have tried to use the time (after being sacked) in a constructive way by looking at other sports. I spent a bit of time with England’s rugby union team and various Formula One teams looking at different things.
“It is just a case of taking little notes about how they do things and how to construct targets because everyone has different ideas about how it should be done.
“I will probably watch more as a pundit than I did as a manager because you need some rest time when you are in management.
“You definitely have to switch off at times because you need to be ready at 7am the next day. So I will see more football and it will give me a good feel of how the Premier League is evolving because it evolves every year.
“The tactics are always changing, for example. There is a lot more three at the back right now. Teams have always tried it but now they are setting up to play that way all season.
“We might have six or seven teams going with that style and I don’t think all of them are going to get it right. So you can bet your life there are going to be some tactical changes.
“This is the best seat that I could possibly have.”