Pardew Bemoans UEFA Schedule

09 December 2012 12:58
Alan Pardew says he compared notes with Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot, who also bemoaned the timing of the final Europa League game ahead of the hectic festive period.

Alan Pardew: “I spoke to their manager beforehand.

“We were both nervous about the game because of where it fell in the calendar.

“We both have difficult league programmes coming up.

“The Premier League programme took precedence over the Europa League.

“If we hadn’t already qualified it would have been different.

“But I think we both came through unscathed.

“They will be happier than us because their second string played better than ours.”

Source: Newcastle United Mad