Was I alone when, as I watched Newcastle breaking at pace against West Brom, I remembered back to Pardew's West Ham and, in particular, that epic 3-2 victory at Highbury, the game that triggered a Sol Campbell break down? To be fair, Etherington and Reo-Coker combined weren't on a par(dew) with Hatem Ben Arta, albeit Yossi was a bit tasty, but the style was exactly the same.
When Zola left, I called for Pardew. What a shame we passed on the opportunity to let him see to, in his words, "unfinished business" at Upton Park! I tell you what, had we signed him, Lambert would be a West Ham player now and so would Lallana. People forget Pardew built this Southampton team when in the old Third Division! Oh and he had the gumption to show Nolan the door!