Pardew and the rumours
Alan Pardew has hit back at the internet rumours over his sacking as Southampton manager.
Pardew was given the boot by Saints chairman Nicola Cortese in September after only 14 months in charge at St Mary’s.
Fans’ message boards have been inundated with claims Pardew was axed after a training ground bust-up with several first-team players.
Pardew said: ‘The one thing that irritates a football manager in today’s climate with the internet is that when you leave a club you get all sorts of accusations thrown at you that are absolute rubbish.
‘There was a breakdown and the chairman lost faith in my management. That is all I can assume because there is no other reason.
‘He is a new chairman and I always felt vulnerable when you hear certain things being said or not being said.
‘At the back end of last year there were some noises coming out about things that I was not party too. All you can do is do the job to the best of your ability. I had a great relationship with the players and we felt very strongly we were going to get promoted this year.
‘It is so horrible for me because I went there to get them back into the Premier League. The only reason I dropped into League One was because I felt they had the funds and the desire to do that.
‘Nicola said he would judge me in 18 months but he never gave me that chance. All you can do is try and win games and my record at Southampton stands out 100 per cent.’
Pardew also revealed he is targeting a quick fire return to management.
The former West Ham and Charlton boss added: ‘Hopefully I will be back in a job soon.’