In the absence of any genuine outstanding contenders, if you have to be English, it would I suppose be unusual if Alan wasn’t on the FA radar in some capacity considering the great job he has done at St.James’ Park.
The obscenity that is Harry Redknapp is massive favourite, before his court case….with Roy Hodgson the solid if unspectacular second favourite having had a nightmare at Liverpool.
Alan Pardew can be backed at around 10-1 and when you consider that the next fancied English candidates after Pardew are Stuart Pearce and Steve Coppell, it becomes a case of surely he must be in the FA sights over the next four or five months.
Success, even if it relative, attracts the often unwelcome attentions of others, as we have seen with every one of our key players linked with somebody else. So why not Alan?
Gareth Southgate is an increasingly influential figure in England circles as the FA’s head of elite development and is allegedly a big fan of Alan Pardew’s managerial skills, having first got to know him as a player at Crystal Palace, where current United keeping coach Andy Woodman also played with the two of them.
Gareth Southgate had this to say about our leader; “I know how meticulous Alan is in terms of preparation. When he has not been in a job, he has been travelling and has put his time in studying different methods of training. It’s been a great education for him.
He’s served his apprenticeship”.
Sorry to put the fear of god into any of you out there who also follow England closely, in the betting for next England manager, Allardyce and Bruce are fifth and sixth shortest priced English candidates!