The rehabilitation of Alan Pardew appears to have been set in motion, with sympathetic journalists ready to give him the platform of presenting a very distorted biased view of his previous jobs.
Despite being given a relative fortune to spend by Crystal Palace, he ended up delivering the worst set of results in 2016 of any manager in all four divisions.
Something which he forgets to mention in this new interview…
It’s a strange one, neutrals all seemed to have a rose-tinted view of Alan Pardew and the only people they wouldn’t listen to were the likes of Charlton, West Ham and Newcastle supporters, who had experienced him at first hand.
After that final epic disastrous year at Palace though, maybe the penny has dropped, and even when linked with jobs in the Championship in recent months, the overwhelming reaction of those clubs’ fans has been to worry he might get the job.
In a long interview with The Times he gives a whole catalogue of excuses/reasons as to how he was hard done by and why he now finds himself out of work.
Below are just a few snippets of what he says of his Newcastle days.
As always he wants to emphasise the few positives and brush over the vast majority of his time at St James Park.
It of course wasn’t just how the team performed on any particular day, it was the absolute rubbish we had to listen to at every press conference, as he said anything he was told to say to cover for Mike Ashley’s disastrous running of the club.
How could any fan have respect for Alan Pardew, when just like Steve McClaren, he’d been so desperate he’d taken the job on the understanding he had absolutely no say on any important decisions at the club, in particular on transfers in and out.
This is why, amongst many reasons, Newcastle fans appear to neutrals to have gone so overboard about Rafa Benitez, because just like Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson before him, Rafa is somebody who supporters feel they can trust. Unlike the chancers we have been landed with in recent times.
Alan Pardew talking to The Times:
“It gets documented that my first year is a great success then it kind of fades away. That’s what people say about me. I could have arguments against that.
“I thought I had come back well at Newcastle with the second team I built there. I was unfortunate to lose that team to transfers, big players like Loïc Rémy, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba.
“My win percentage in the Premier League, when you consider the clubs I’ve been at and the budgets I’ve had, I know it’s healthy.
“With buying and selling, I think I was in credit at Newcastle, not that the fans want to hear that.
“My career has stalled at the moment but I think I’ll come out stronger and better. Otherwise I would go and sit in Barcelona, eat tapas.
“I had to show a lot of resilience at Newcastle. I soon realised you can’t always please people so you have to get about your job the best way you can.”