Alan Pardew has opened up on how Joey Barton informed the coach upon his arrival at Newcastle that his new players didn't want him at the club.
The 58-year-old was appointed as Magpies boss in December 2010 after the dismissal of the popular Chris Hughton. Despite a lack of support from fans, he guided them to a fifth-place finish in his first full season in charge, before agreeing to take over as manager of Crystal Palace in late 2014.
Pardew never truly won over the Newcastle faithful, with some supporters even setting up a website named sackpardew.com near the end of his reign at St James' Park. Barton, on the other hand, was a hit on Tyneside.
Recounting the first time he met the midfielder, Pardew said (as quoted by the Evening Chronicle): "I was coming in on a negative, even a double negative, because the first day I was there, the door goes and Joey Barton's at the door.
"I was from London as well, which probably didn't go in my favour because I think they had a thing about London with Dennis Wise and Mike and everyone else."