The 52-year-old could only look on helplessly in April as Paolo Di Canio slid gleefully across the turf at St James' Park on his knees as the Black Cats left Tyneside with a famous 3-0 victory, the first derby defeat of his reign.
Six months on, the Wear-Tyne rivals will reconvene at the Stadium of Light on Sunday with Pardew occupying the away dug-out, but a new face on the home bench in the shape of Gus Poyet.
But having previously pitted his wits against Steve Bruce, Martin O'Neill and Di Canio, the Newcastle manager insists he has no regrets that he does not have a chance to gain his revenge on the controversial Italian.
Pardew said: "It's just difficult sometimes. Clubs are trying to find the right solution to go forward.
"Chelsea, who have had fantastic success, keep changing their manager, so it's difficult to sometimes argue what's right and what's wrong. Every club has its own different style.
"It's a difficult environment to be a Premier League manager - or any manager in the north-east, actually because we have lost everybody since the start of the year.
"My Christmas plans are out of the window because I was going to invite all the coaches, so I will have to re-jig those.
"But on a serious note, what's done is done and in the past. You can't change the past. That will always be Paolo's day.
"For us, it's a different game and hopefully a much better performance from us - and also a result, of course.
"But in terms of the game, I think it will be very, very similar to all the other games that I have had very, very competitive, not much in it, and one or two moments of class will decide it."
Pardew has a victory and two draws to his name on Wearside to date, and he would dearly love to add another win to his CV this weekend.
However, even if that proves to be the case, he will not be tempted to mirror Di Canio's celebrations.
He said with a smile: "No, not with my suits. They are very expensive."
Newcastle's humbling defeat by their neighbours came amid a disappointing conclusion to a gruelling season which took a further turn for the worse two weekends later when they were trounced 6-0 on their own pitch by Liverpool.
Coincidentally, the Reds provided the opposition on Tyneside last Saturday when the Magpies battled their way to a 2-2 draw despite having central defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa sent off five minutes before half-time.
That served to right one wrong, and Pardew is hoping his players run out on Wearside still bearing mental scars from their last derby encounter.
He said: "I hope there are. There are always something on every game, but in this game a little bit more because firstly, it's a derby and secondly, the last result.
"Therefore, the team needs to reflect that."
Pardew's only selection issues concern central defence, where Yanga-Mbiwa is suspended and skipper Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor are both fighting their way back from injury.
Coloccini, who has a groin problem, is yet to train with his team-mates, while the manager was coy over suggestions that Taylor has suffered a recurrence of his hamstring strain, and insisted that neither man has yet been ruled out.
But if he offers up a prayer on that front over the next 48 hours, Sunderland's chaplain Father Marc Lyden-Smith may have already beaten him to it after posting a photograph on Twitter showing Pope Francis holding the Black Cats shirt with which he had just presented him.
An amused Pardew said: "Sometimes you have got to look at all angles. We are all looking for marginal gains and I suppose the Pope could help.
"I will have to have a word with Colo and see if he has got influence there. I think he has met him, so we will see."