The blame has been dished around. It was Eggert's fault. It was Brown's fault before him. It was Turds and Nani and Zola and Grant. Spector was to blame. Noble is to blame. The players couldn't be arsed. The tactics were wrong. Blah, blah, blah.
Well I have maintained all along that we shouldn't have sacked Pardew and one glance at the Premiership table shows you why. I know it is early doors. I know Newcastle may be in a false position. I know Pardew failed at Charlton and wears controversy better than he wears his underpants, but the guy knows how to buy players and organise a team to suit the players at his disposal.
Look at who he brought to West Ham. Green, Cole, Bowyer, Harewood, Zamora, Reo-Coker, Etherington, Ashton, Benayoun, Konchesky, Sheringham, Pantsil...
OK there were a few pups - Spector for one - but when you look at how little Pardew spent - except for Ashton - his transfer dealings were amazing. Harewood, Zamora, Reo-Coker, Etherington, Benayoun, Pantsil and Konchesky all turned a tidy profit for the club after Pardew left and Pards took a relegated team and produced a top 10 Prem team that very, very nearly won the FA Cup.
His dismissal was crass and absurdly premature. Yes we had made a bad start to the season but there was ample time to recover. It was Turds who took us on a losing run that all but condemned us to the drop.
Now look at Pardew at Newcastle. How little of the £40million collected for the sale of Carroll and Nolan has been spent? And yet they are riding high in the division playing the fast and direct football that Pardew fashioned from his charges at Upton Park. And remember, he has lost Barton too.
People are praising Allardyce because of the squad he has assembled. Compare it to the squad Pardew put together. How many of Allardyce's men will cut it in the Prem? Where Pardew bought potential, Doctor Evil has signed players who have already been found wanting in the top division. And remember too that Pardew was robbed of Cole, Carrick, Johnson and Defoe. Allardyce has only lost Parker following relegation from the top division.
True Pardew took two seasons to get up but that would be preferable if it meant building a team capable of surviving and prospering in the top division. Southampton are enjoying the benefits of his astute player recruitment now and so are the Magpies. It was a sad day when we sacked him!