Filed: Monday, 5th March 2012
By: Staff Writer
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has taken a sideswipe at unnamed members of his former West Ham squad for making his life 'very difficult'.
Pardew, who was responding to a question regarding yesterday's sacking of Andre Villas-Boas by Chelsea told reporters that the Portuguese manager's situation was similar to his when succeeding Glenn Roeder at West Ham nine years ago.
"I have a lot of sympathy for him because that is a really, really talented coach we have lost in this country," said the man formerly dubbed as 'Pards'.
"He has had to take on a club there with a lot of senior pros and probably had a very, very difficult job.
'When you are in a transition year like that - and I have been in it because I was at West Ham when I inherited a lot of senior pros who had just been relegated - it is very, very difficult.
"They made it difficult for me and one or two of them have apologised since - and so they should."
Who could he possibly mean?
Pardew's over 30s at West Ham in 2003/04.
Goalkeepers: David James.
Defenders: Rufus Brevett; Christian Dailly; Andy Melville*.
Midfielders: Don Hutchison; Rob Lee; Kevin Horlock; Niclas Alexandersson (loan).
Forwards: Brian Deane*.
* Senior pros purchased by Alan Pardew.
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by Kit Lewin
01:28PM 5th Mar 2012
''Surely it was senior pros already at the club and not ones purchased by Pardew following relegation?''
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