Rob Lee: Pardew should have told Ben Arfa he was loved at Newcastle

Alan Pardew

The former Magpies midfielder feels letting the Frenchman join Hull City on loan was a mistake.

The pressure isn't easing on Alan Pardew at Newcastle United.

Bookmakers rate the Magpies boss as the second-most likely manager to lose his job in the Premier League, with Tony Pulis, David Moyes and Steve Bruce tipped as potential replacements.

And it seems the Hatem Ben Arfa situtation hasn't helped Pardew's standing at St James' Park.

The Frenchman was sent to Hull on a season-long loan and former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee thinks he should have been treated better on Tyneside.

According to Lee, Ben Arfa should have been told he was loved at Newcastle.

"He and Alan Pardew clearly never got on so that’s why he is now at Hull City and not with ourselves," the 48-year-old wrote in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

"Newcastle with Pardew in charge were never going to get the best out of the player and that is a real shame, a real waste.

"I don’t care if his attitude wasn’t always great or the fact he was never going to run back 50 yards to put in a tackle. Ben Arfa should have been told he was loved. I bet that’s what Steve Bruce is doing every morning down at Hull."

Ben Arfa joined the Magpies in 2010 and has consistently scored and assisted goals for them, while also winning more dribbles on the ball than any other Newcastle player without fail.

The problem with the 27-year-old, it seems, was his lack of desire to help his side out defensively - something Pardew did not take too well to.

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