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Alan Pardew – Last Man Standing

12 years ago

Alan Pardew has not only done a magnificent job at Newcastle United, he also occupies a quite unique place in English football history.

Of the twenty Premier League managers who finished the 2011/12 season, Pardew is the only Englishman still to be managing at the same club.

Roy Hodgson moved on to England, Wolves caretaker Terry Connor was given the push and then poor old ‘Arry….

Not another Englishman to be seen but the cavalry have arrived and maybe point towards a healthier situation in the future when the national team are looking to recruit one of their own.

Joining Alan Pardew for the 2012/13 Premier League campaign are Chris Hughton at Norwich, up and coming promoted managers in Nigel Adkins (Southampton) and Brian McDermott (Reading) and…..errrr, Fat Sam at West Ham.

The situation still needs resolving at White Hart Lane but it would look unlikely for it to be filled by an English manager, though there could possibly be another English manager added to the list if say David Moyes or another Premier League manager took the Spurs job and ‘Arry or similar went to Goodison or wherever.

Naturally my only concerns are Newcastle United but it is a major embarrassment that England have struggled to find suitable candidates in recent years to lead their country.

I am all for the benefits that managers and players from elsewhere have brought to England and Newcastle in particular….or thinking again maybe I’d better limit that to just players where NUFC are concerned, as a list including Gullit, Dalglish, Kinnear and Souness doesn’t make happy reading!

Maybe managers such as Pardew, McDermott, Adkins and Hughton can point to a bright future where they can adapt the positive aspects and ideas that have been brought from elsewhere and make it a brighter future for the style and potential success of English football.
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