Paul Merson's controversial claims about Newcastle and Pardew; Le Tissier disagrees

Alan Pardew

The Magpies are 'not that good a team' and will regret seeing their boss go, according to the pundit.

Newcastle United fans did not like Alan Pardew because 'he was a southerner' and will regret seeing him leave for Crystal Palace - that's the opinion of Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.

The former Premier League midfielder's controversial claims suggest Pardew did an 'unbelievable job' at Newcastle and that they are 'not that good a team.'

And Newcastle will struggled without the Palace-bound 53-year-old, according to Merson.

“Probably because he was a southerner,” he said on Sky Sports, as quoted by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

“Dennis Wise was the same. He pulled up trees there, they are not that good a team. Those fans will realise when he’s gone what an unbelievable job he did. If they were in a relegation battle now it wouldn’t have shocked me one iota.

“He has done an unbelievable job there and those fans, come March, will be sitting there thinking ‘Cor, he was a good manager he was’. We’ve seen it a million times. Alan Curbishley at Charlton.”

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier did not agree, however...

“He was a little bit fortunate to be in the job in my opinion. There was a long period of results where a lot of other managers wouldn’t have survived."

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