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

04 Mar 2012 17:50:14

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

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.


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