Welcome to Alan Pardew. In honour of his impending arrival at St. James’ Park, I thought I’d copy and paste some highlights from his Wikipedia page.

At West Ham United: “The chairman Mr Eggert Magnússon and the board have been concerned by the performances of recent weeks and feel that it is the right time to make a change in the best interests of the club.”

At Charlton Athletic: “He was unable to keep Charlton up… Many expected Charlton to bounce back from relegation into the Premier League… but Charlton failed to mount a serious promotion challenge and finished the season in 11th. [In the 2008/9 season] Charlton’s form very quickly deteriorated and they were near the foot of the table and after 8 games without a win and a 5-2 home defeat to Sheffield United on 22 November 2008, Pardew parted company with Charlton by mutual consent.”

At Southampton: The club announced in a statement, “Following a review of the current status in and around the First Team, the Club has decided that, to achieve its well known targets, it is essential to make changes to the First Team management and coaching… Consequently, the First Team Manager, Alan Pardew… [has] been relieved of [his] duties with immediate effect.” The section concludes, “The dismissal came amidst reports of low staff morale and conflicts between Pardew and [the] club chairman.”

He wasn’t good enough for a League One team. But at least it seems guaranteed he won’t be here for long.