Alan Pardew became a TV celebrity when he characterized Michael Essien’s tackle on Ched Evans during a Chelsea vs Man City match admiringly as “he absolutely rapes him”. Hopefully his arrival at St James Park or whatever it is called nowadays does not give license to Joey Barton to go all mental. For the record the Beeb insisted that he said “rakes him” and Pardew apologized for any offence caused.
His level of support is absolutely abysmal – only 2% of the fans want him as their choice to replace Chris Hughton. So his landing time will be extremely brief. A win over Liverpool will go a long way in convincing fans.