Why Alan Pardew will never achieve greatness
From managing Reading FC in the lower leagues, Pardew has found himself jumping through an abundance of Premier League clubs. In fact, you can now consider him as one of the most sought-after English managers out there. Even though he is tactically sound and has had a mostly remarkable career, his persona always crushes any chance of greatness for him.
His first full season for Newcastle United, remembered in great esteem by many, was a noteworthy campaign where Newcastle finished above the UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea, and were within touching distance of qualifying for the competition themselves. It was a year which earned him the Premier League Manager of the season and LMA Manager of the year award for 2011-12. And it seemed to be a start of a great time for the Black and Whites.
Yet, there is an undercurrent of greyness attached to this particular year; it will never be considered as memorable as it should have been. The season will ill compare to the great campaigns with Sir Bobby Robson or Kevin Keegan. This is due to the mostly unattractive football, and the heavy and worrying reliance on the two strikers: Cisse and Ba; but most markedly, it’s also because of the gap between the Newcastle fans and Alan Pardew.
Pardew’s lack of courage during his time at Tyneside, particularly where badgering Mike Ashley for budget was concerned, resulted in him as being seen in cahoots with the disliked Newcastle board. And soon the Newcastle fans wanted rid of him.
Many writers, other fans and pundits point to Pardew’s brilliance in pushing Newcastle into a comfortable mid-table team. They say that Newcastle United fans were unfair, and expected too much from a manager who, frankly, had limited resources.
It’s a fair claim, it’s obvious that Alan Pardew was restricted in his head coach role.
When he joined Crystal Palace, he was greeted with open arms by many. And following a great run in 2015, then a horrific 2016 run where Palace did not win at all (a typical Pardew trait), many at Palace had become increasingly disgruntled.
However, the South-London club did qualify for the FA Cup final, with opponents Manchester United awaiting them in at Wembley. The day was mostly unremarkable, Manchester United victors as expected, and the world got to watch with interest as Louis van Gaal lifted the trophy (before being sacked!).
However, it was Alan Pardew’s dance that caught the attention of many. He deployed a sudden jive upon Palace’s opener, much to the dismay of Palace fans. Joey Barton even proclaimed it to be an Uncle Knob-head dance, and then, like most on social media, stated that his alliance for The Eagles had switched to Manchester United support.
Pardew seemingly and inadvertently blocked people for seeing Palace as the lovable underdogs, and instead brought them much disdain among neutral spectators. This embarrassment which he causes teams, must also be viewed as a good reason for the fans to distance themselves from him.
Pardew does his best to carry off a suave persona, yet noticeably there is a paranoia there. Like in his interview post-Liverpool, following the Merseyside team grabbing a late, controversial penalty. Pardew was unable to keep his cool with the interviewer, but Pardew, in his anger, does not come over as threatening, in fact the reaction becomes quite laughable and then becomes viral in the similar fashion of celebrity meltdown.
This though is not a stand alone incident.
There are many Pardew escapades, such as: his pushing of an official against Tottenham in the 2012-13 season, headbutt against Hull City player, David Meyler, and of course when Alan Pardew called Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini a f***ing old c*** on the touchline.
These incidents only isolate Alan Pardew further from support. The trouble with him is, that there is nothing enigmatic about him, he does not possess the charm or friendliness that other managers have. He cannot appeal to the people through his discourse or style, and so instead he comes over almost as an annoyance to many.
Only Alan Pardew seems to stop Alan Pardew. A man with the capacity to be one of the best English managers at the moment, ultimately comes undone by his own ignorance, his own pride and, perhaps most importantly, his lack of connectivity with the fans.
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