It was very interesting to hear Pardew's interview on Radio 5. He knows the Toon Army don't want him and was being very, very careful not to come across as an arrogant Southern tosser. He was quick to point out that, although not a Geordie, he was "English" and then, being more sensitive still, reclassified himself as from the "British Isles", so he wants the Lindisfarne natives behind him too!
There was no triumphalism, no cockiness, he was almost apologising for having been given the job, giving Hughton great credit for what he had done and acknowledging that his predecessor had been "unlucky". I think he even dared to use the word "unfair"!
There was talk of bringing in a coaching team to help the players improve, recognition of the player's loyalty to Hughton and an insistence that he was not a "Yes man". He was obviously courting the Toon foot soldiers (on the Chairman's authority) when he promised to stand up to Ashley and argue with him if necessary.
All in all, it was a clever PR job, which is what we would expect from Mr Armani. Had he been appointed by the Davids the tone would have been so much more upbeat, so much more Gung Ho! "The unfinished business starts today" would have been the theme.
The amazing thing is the length of the contract. Do these club owners never learn? I bet Pardew would have joined on a one year rolling deal if that was all that was on offer! I trust Ashley has built in a "Dick out" clause!