Was Pardew’s Swipe at Carr Unfair?

As reported by The Chronicle, Alan Pardew was quick to praise Adam Lallana at the weekend and in the same breath, quick to criticise Graham Carr.

Pardew said of Lallana that “He was a player who I was desperate to bring to Newcastle but the chief scout there at the time told me he wasn’t good enough.”

While Lallana would no doubt have been an improvement to the Newcastle squad, Pardew can hardly claim that his transfer record is sterling.

Nor is his record when it comes to nurturing attacking talent, a statement that is proven by his failure to get the best out of Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse on a regular basis, despite his praise for the two at the time them signing.

Ben Arfa and Cisse were not alone; Remy Cabella, Siem De Jong, Sylvain Marveux, the list is quite extensive.

Perhaps Alan Pardew should remember this when criticising his former scout for his own gain.