Michael Owen has been singing the praises of Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.
Pardew was under pressure in the opening weeks of the 2014-15 season following a truly horrible start to the Premier League campaign.
There were protests from the Newcastle fans, who wanted club chairman Mike Ashley to sack the Englishman and appoint someone else.
However, Ashley retained his faith in the 53-year-old, who has since shown that he is the right man to take the Magpies forward.
Newcastle are on a six-game winning run in all competitions at the moment and currently find themselves fifth in the Premier League table with 19 points from 12 matches, level on points with fourth-placed Manchester United.
Owen, a former Newcastle striker, has hailed Pardew for turning around the club’s season and wrote on Betvictor.com: “The Magpies are looking to win their sixth PL game in a row and Alan Pardew deserves great credit for riding the storm as he returns to Upton Park and his former club.”
Despite his praise for Newcastle, ex-Liverpool and Manchester United star Owen predicts Saturday’s match against West Ham United in London to end in a 1-1 draw.
“The Irons were without four key players at Goodison last weekend and acquitted themselves very well in the circumstances,” wrote the 34-year-old.
“Sam Allardyce, also facing his former club, will be hoping to get some of his star players back in action and I see a tight close encounter.”
Saturday’s match is indeed too close to call, but one can say with certainty that it will be hugely competitive.