A few days ago I wrote a true, but hopefully slightly humorous article, about my trip to Stamford Bridge, a trip where I spent some time with ex premier league manager Alex McLeish.
The amiable and jolly nice fellow said nice things about Alan Pardew, explaining that he does a great job in the most trying of circumstances! I begged to differ but obviously respected the opinion of Alex McLeish.
Alan Pardew was manager of the year a couple of seasons ago, he has also won a manager of the month award earlier this season, clearly he has some decent quality…. however, in my eyes that is where the good stops!
Like all managers they are all good when things are going well, you could bracket a number of managers and ex managers like that, for example ; Alan Curbishley, Glenn Roeder, John Gregory, Martin O Neill, Mark Hughes etc
These and many more are all managers who don’t have a plan B, the world is great when they win a few games, but when the opposite happens they don’t know what to do!
Alan Pardew typifies this, he is unable to either change a game when we are losing, or stop the rot when in a rut!
In Hatem Ben Arfa we have a player, who if he played in a free flowing footballing team, he would be up there with the best. I could go through a number of good players at our club who Pardew does not know how to get the best out of.
The difference between the Pardews and the better managers is their ability to get the best out of the players AND to have a plan B.
I can’t remember the last time we clawed back a deficit and went on to win the game ( I don’t count Stoke as the Ref gave us a huge helping hand ). How many times did Alex Ferguson and his players get a winner or equaliser in the dying embers of a game, when we go behind the writing is on the wall!
Sir Bobby Robson and his team of young guns had this ability, remember Arsenal and Leeds away where we came from behind to win away, and in his first stint KK had the same ability.
I recognise Alan Pardew does the best he can in trying circumstances but surely now is the time to cut his losses and quit. I doubt Ashley will sack him because while he pays all the club staff minimum wage, my guess is Pardew is on the manager’s equivalent of minimum wage, and replacing him would prove too costly for the rich fat tight wad of the owner!
By plodding along the way we are, Mike Ashley is stifling and suffocating both the heritage and support of this great club, make no mistake he has the muscle to challenge without denting his personal wealth to any extent, I believe he is actually enjoying punishing us.
He has only ever spoken to the press once, and that was to whine about being unable to take his family to a game allegedly for fears of their safety, I believe he is making us suffer for this, what he forgets is he chose to be a terrace fan, drink the beer and take the plaudits ………however when the wheels come spinning off?
Somehow, the issue has to be forced, either “get out of our club” or draw a line in the sand and move on, invest and challenge
What do you think will happen? Me, I think nothing, and that in itself is a sad prospect.