Fergie - Pardew's Boys Hold No Surprises!
By Footy Mad - Editor
Updated Wednesday, 26th December 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Newcastle United's indifferent form this season is because the "surprise" factor has been removed as teams begin to work them out.
Sir Alex Ferguson: "The new players they brought in caught us all by surprise.
"We didn't really know a lot about them. I knew about [Demba] Ba, of course, but I didn't know anything about [Yohan] Cabaye or [Papiss] Cissé, to be honest with you.
"They had fantastic seasons.
"Second time round, clubs are starting to analyse them a bit different, plus, more importantly, he's [Pardew] had some injuries.
"Cabaye's out till next year, [Cheik] Tiote is out to next year, he's had one or two important players injured and that does make a difference when you've not got a squad as strong as the likes of ourselves or [Manchester] City or Chelsea.
"I'm not entirely surprised [by their form], although I am surprised they are so low down the table."