How galling would it be if Pards ended up at Newcastle? I have always rated the guy and I believe it was a huge mistake to sack him. Yes he has baggage, and he is allegedly all too eager to unpack it, but the guy brings a vibrancy to a football club and, unlike Zola, combines that with tactical nounce and an ability to assess and play to the strengths of his players.
I would be surprised if he is Newcastle's first choice but if they happen upon him by accident, then it could prove to be a very lucky accident indeed. Martin O'Neill would be the best man for the job but I reckon Pardew would be just as good as Jol; and cheaper!