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Former Newcastle coach praises the dignity of Alan Pardew

7 years ago

Sir Bobby Robson appointed Alan Irvine to Newcastle United coaching staff and made him Academy Director.

With managerial ambitions of his own, Irvine left United to join Everton as David Moyes’ assistant before getting his first hotseat job at Preston and then Sheffield Wednesday.

The former Newcastle Academy Director then returned to youth coaching with Everton before being a surprise choice to take over at West Brom.

After a similar start to Newcastle, the recent Premier League form guide sees West Brom riding high in sixth, just one place ahead of United.

However, Irvine has done his ‘Managers Union’ bit by claiming that it was a great move by Newcastle to ‘keep faith’ with Alan Pardew and praised the United boss for his ‘dignity’.

Of course when asked, a rival manager is never going to say that such and such should have been sacked!

“I felt for Alan Pardew and I think he has been great throughout – really dignified. I’m pleased that it’s turned around.

“The easy thing is to give in to the pressure and he (Mike Ashley) obviously thinks Alan is the right person for the job.

Really good times already;

“Alan’s had some really good times there already, and I don’t see why he can’t have them again.

“It’s great to see an owner sticking with the manager.”

Continuity required;

“Mike Ashley has stuck by Alan, and it’s nice to see.

“Lots of people say continuity is required and time to build things, so it is great to see Newcastle backing their manager.”

While the last couple of weeks have been a relief for everybody at Newcastle United, especially the fans.

With continuity you would be hoping for a year on year  building of strength at the club but instead we have experienced a bizarre rollercoaster under Pardew and Ashley.

Another word used when it comes to managers sticking around is ‘stability’ and we have seen very little of that over Pardew’s four years at St.James’ Park.


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