Alan Pardew: Andre Villas-Boas deserves apology from senior players

04 March 2012 05:50
Pardew had a great deal of sympathy for Villas-Boas, who was criticised for dropping experienced players such as Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, after experiencing a similar situation during his spell at West Ham.

  Speaking after the Magpies' eventful 1-1 derby draw with Sunderland, he said: 'I have a lot of sympathy for him because that is a really, really talented coach we have lost in this country.

'I know he is from Portugal, but he has had to take on a club there with a lot of senior pros and in the background, probably had a very, very difficult job.

'When you are in a transition year like that - and I have been in it because I was at West Ham when I inherited a lot of senior pros who had just been relegated, and it was very, very difficult.

Source: Daily_Mail