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To Be Honest I Feel A Little Bit Sorry For Alan Pardew

8 years ago

I haven’t been shouting for Alan Pardew’s head, to be honest I feel a little sorry for him, as it’s clear he has no say in the personnel he has to work with.

However, it is clear if we are not already at the point of no return, we will be if we don’t beat Hull on Saturday.

This brings the question, what’s next?

We don’t want a return to the negativity of Souness, Daglish and Allardyce, so bringing in Pulis or Moyes would be a backward step.

I’d love someone with a link to the toon but if you look at managers out there, I can only think of Ketsbaia, Clark and Pearce as proven managers, and none of them are really setting the world alight (except Pearce who won’t leave Forest).

I would like to see a promising attacking young manager be given a chance but there are no stand out candidates in the lower leagues, so we could end up with the roulette of the foreign manager pool.

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At least some of them would be used to working in a position where they have no control over the playing staff.

On the playing staff, I am repeatedly reading that we didn’t buy a striker in the window. This is wrong; Perez, Ferreyra, de Jong and Cabella are all considered as forwards. The question is are they good enough and the jury is rapidly approaching a decision on that…

So back to the hot seat.

Moyes is negative, doesn’t give youth a chance and is not going to take the club forward. Pulis is overly direct, relies on physical presence over quality and doesn’t promote youth. Laudrup has a promising season then it all falls apart, so would end up being a short-term measure.

Clark did well at Huddersfield and has done a cracking job to keep Birmingham afloat with no players and an owner under constant pressure from the authorities. So may fit Ashley’s criteria but he hasn’t won anything over several years of management.

Any other ideas?


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