On loan Hull star Hatem Ben Arfa has seemingly come out in support of Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew despite being dropped by the Toon boss.
Alan Pardew has found an unusual ally of sorts in Hatem Ben Arfa, with the exiled Newcastle United midfielder seemingly speaking in support of the under-fire Magpies manager during a recent interview.
The Frenchman departed St James’ Park in the final hours of the summer transfer window, after falling out of favour under Pardew, amid rumours of a dressing room bust-up between the pair.
Frozen out of the first team and forced to train with the reserve and youth teams, Ben Arfa opted to move to Hull City on a season-long loan.
But despite the accimonious nature of his Newcastle United exit, the former Lyon and Marseille star appeared to hold no ill-feeling towards Pardew and seemed keen for the Magpies boss to keep his job at the club.
Speaking on French television in quotes translated and republished by the Chronicle, Ben Arfa said, on his Toon exit and move to Hull: "I do not blame him (Alan Pardew), I do not want him fired, the important thing is to develop myself."
The Frenchman also spoke highly of new manager Steve Bruce and the prospects of the Tigers for the coming campaign.
"It was the last five minutes of the transfer window when I arrived the coach has built something interesting and I think we can expect to be in the top 10."
He also, ultimately, refused to be drawn on giving too many details of his final few months on Tyneside, when the club ultimately decided to cut their losses on a player who was reportedly labelled something of a troublemaker within the squad.
Ben Arfa has something of a reputation for being difficult to manage, having left both Lyon and Marseille under something of a cloud.
Undoubtedly a talented player and one of the best currently plying their trade in the Premier League, the Hull move offers the opportunity of a fresh start for all concerned.