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Alan Pardew’s 90% arrogance saved him according to one of his former players

6 years ago

Analysing what makes Alan Pardew tick, a player who knows him well suggests that 90% arrogance is the key factor.

Don Hutchison who played under Pardew at West Ham, believes that it is this arrogance that helped him face the winless run at Newcastle United and in particular, when the point came when thousands of fans had just had enough.

Hutchison has decent experience of upsetting Newcastle fans himself with the way he went on during his short spell at Sunderland, but he doesn’t see Alan Pardew’s arrogance as a negative.

Speaking to the Chronicle Don Hutchison said;

“To be fair to Pardew, he handled it all really well. The man looked ill. He wasn’t himself. I felt that it would be in his best interests to walk away and nobody could have blamed him.

“However, there’s something in Pardew’s make-up, a mixture of arrogance and being thick skinned, that made him stay and determined to ride out the storm.

“I would actually suggest it is 90 per cent arrogance, I know from personal experience that makes up so much of his personality.”

Arrogance not a negative;

“That’s not me having a go because Pardew’s seemingly unshakable self-belief got him through. It’s a good job that is his character because many more would have said; “That’s it, no more for me.”

If he’d ‘gone’;

“If he had ‘gone’ to use a well worn football expression, the dressing room would have noticed. I’ve been at clubs when we knew it was only a matter of time before the gaffer got sacked. It doesn’t make for a great atmosphere.”

I always knew Alan Pardew’s arrogance would come in handy one day, I’m just surprised it make sup only 90% of him…


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