Newcastle face two games to secure their top-flight survival, against Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United.
And Le Tissier said of the now Palace boss: "A massive turning point was the manager leaving. I know he wasn’t particularly popular there but, if Alan Pardew had stayed, they wouldn’t be in the position they are in now.
"I’m not saying they’d be in the top four but putting a temporary manager in charge, at that stage of the season, led to players looking at it and saying ‘this manager isn’t going to be here next season and we’ve got enough points to stay up’."
Interestingly, Le Tissier's comments may just make sense...
Too many pundits have had their opinions swung too easily, completely ignoring Newcastle's form under Pardew this season.
But Le Tissier may have hit the nail on the head. He acknowledges the fact the now Crystal Palace boss was unpopular and wouldn't be changing the world at St James' Park. His main point, however, that they wouldn't be doing as badly as they are under Carver - is 100 per cent correct.
Many have speculated that Pardew saw what was coming at Newcastle and thus left for Palace. But he still would have done better than Carver has... surely.