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Charlton boss puzzled over Southampton sacking of Pardew

Phil Parkinson believes Southampton's sacking of Alan Pardew was a 'strange' decision. The Charlton boss worked with Pardew at Reading, and was assistant to him during a spell at Charlton Athletic.

Pardew left the Saints on Monday, only 48 hours after his side had won 4-0 at Bristol Rovers in League One.

Parkinson told BBC London 94.9: "What's gone on behind the scenes I'm not quite sure - everyone thinks it was a bit of a strange decision."

He added: "But Pardew is a good manager, I'm sure he will be back in the game sooner rather than later."

And Parkinson remains close to his former boss: "I've text him a few times, but I haven't spoken to him yet, I've just left him to it.

"I will speak to him over the next few days though, I think he'll want to get straight back in [to management]."

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