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05th May 2017

The reaction to Alan Pardew’s second punditry appearance was inevitable

No surprise

Robert Redmond

Alan Pardew was back on our TV screens on Friday night.

Pardew made his punditry debut on Sky Sport’s show Monday Night Football earlier this week, analysing Liverpool’s game away to Watford.

The former Crystal Palace and Newcastle United manager’s contribution wasn’t universally well-received

But surely the only way is up after a shaky start, right?

Well, we didn’t have to wait long to find out.

Pards, who was sacked by Palace before Christmas and will inevitably be looking to get back in the dugout this summer, joined Jamie Redknapp and Thierry Henry on Sky.

The trio discussed Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to the London Stadium to play West Ham United in the more relaxed setting of Friday Night Football.

Would Pardew thrive in the more laid-back setting?

Not quite.

Or at least his musings didn’t go particularly well with the watching public.

Some took issue with his description of Christian Eriksen.

His reference to the importance of defensive midfielders didn’t go down well, considering he sold Mile Jedinak, Palace’s sole defensive midfielder at the time, last summer.

Others just weren’t happy to see him.

You know how this goes.

Tough crowd.

The word “difficult” was used a lot, apparently.

However, Al had some fans.

While someone made this clever video clip.

And the campaign to get Pards back in the dugout has stepped up a notch.