Did he actually say what we think he said?

Yes, he did. Former Charlton manager Alan Pardew made a, shall we say, nervous appearance on last night's Match Of The Day 2.

We're all for lively punditry: "hammerings", "slaughterings" and "decimations" (even if they're not strictly speaken, depleted by 10 per cent), and "maulings" to quote Alan Hansen from the same programme. But Pardew's choice of word seems a touch harsh:

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 Odds-on they'll get Gavin Peacock out of his monastic retreat for next week.