There have been a few rumours that if David Moyes gets the sack at Sunderland, Alan Pardew could potentially take over.
Whilst that is quite a delicious idea, for now we’ll just have to make do with the silver haired charmer giving the Mackems advice after relegation.
A guest on Sky Sports on Monday, the out of work manager proved that nothing gets past him, saying that Sunderland and Middlesbrough had two of the weakest squads in the Premier League and the Mackems have struggled to score goals.
As they are the bottom two teams in the division and have scored only 26 goals each (the next worst goals total is Burnley’s 35), I think a few other people might have spotted the north east pair have been feeble this season.
As for moving ahead, Alan Pardew thinks it will be great news for Sunderland fans if they still have David Moyes in charge next season, as he will have something to prove.
In terms of achieving promotion, Pardew thinks ‘Rafa Benitez has done things pretty much spot on at Newcastle’ and Sunderland just need to copy that prototype.
He says that getting a ‘big group of top Championship players’ has done the job for Rafa/Newcastle but if only it was that simple. Aston Villa have even more gone down the route of buying up as many of the allegedly best Championship players (McCormack, Kodjia, Hogan, Hourihane, Lansbury, Tshibola etc) but it has been a very expensive and unproductive process so far.
Newcastle were in a very unique position in that they had players not giving their all…but who other clubs were willing to pay a fortune for. So Sissoko, Janmaat and Wijanldum alone left for some £65m, whilst Cabella and Townsend brought in another £20m+.
The net result was that Mike Ashley could allow Rafa Benitez to have £50m+ to spend on players AND make a £40m profit on transfers last summer. Sunderland have Defoe who will leave for nothing and they should get a few quid for Kone and Pickford – but that is pretty much it – and they are by far their best three players in goal, in defence and up front – the spine of the team, if that’s not a very wrong word to use to describe this current Mackem side.
Plus, whilst our existing/remaining players from last season obviously weren’t great, they were/are clearly several levels up on the rubbish that they now have at Sunderland.
Having Alan Pardew managing Sunderland would just be priceless, we live in hope.
Alan Pardew speaking on Sky Sports:
“I think individually, Sunderland were one of the weakest teams in the Premier League, let’s just put it there straight away, along with Middlesbrough.
“Crucially goals dried up for Jermain Defoe (he has scored 14 of Sunderland’s 16 PL goals and the Mackems have failed to score in 9 of their last 10 matches) at the wrong time.
“I think it has been a tough season coming back (into management in England) for David Moyes, he wanted to make an impression….
“I think he’s hurting now, big time, and I think it will be a good shout for Sunderland and all their fans to have him there next year, as he’ll be hungry to prove what a top manager he is.
“As we know, all the teams in the Championship are gunning to reach the goldmine which is the Premier League, so there are four or five big clubs all poised with good teams going into next season.
“David Moyes will have to sit down with the chairman and discuss what the budget is.
“Even though Sunderland will get the huge injection of parachute money, it doesn’t mean to say that they will do it the right way.
“Rafa Benitez has done things pretty much spot on at Newcastle – he took a big group of top Championship players, some of whom were there already, and his squad have seen him through.
“That would be a good route for David Moyes to go down, if he can convince the chairman that’s the right route.”