It is now six months since Alan Pardew got the push at Crystal Palace and ‘amazingly’ he hasn’t been snapped up yet.
Proving to be the worst of all 92 managers throughout 2016 in the top four divisions, even Palace felt they had at last no choice but to give him the push.
Linked with the job David Moyes vacated, Alan Pardew has now made clear that he won’t be popping up as the new Sunderland Manager.
He claims that due to the rivalry with Newcastle, it is a job he wouldn’t consider, though it would have been a very strange one, though amusing, if the Mackems had gone for him.
Alan Pardew claims that ‘it is nice to have this time off’ as it gives you time to ‘think about things which perhaps didn’t go well at my last club’.
He has obviously done a lot of thinking down the years…
Pardew says he is looking for a ‘project’ and a team with a ‘chance of promotion’ or ‘a good finish in the Premier League’.
I think we can surely scratch that last option but maybe a club capable of promotion could be on the agenda, though whether that is Championship or a League One/Two club remains to be seen.
Alan Pardew talking to Sky Sports:
“Being the opposite of Newcastle, I don’t think that (Sunderland) is the club for me.
“Sometimes when you have been a manager at a big club like that (Newcastle), to go to a rival is something I wouldn’t do, so that wouldn’t interest me.
“But it (Sunderland) is a great club and next year they really need to make sure they get back to the Premier League where they belong.
“It (next job) will be for me about the project…if I think the project is going to be a chance of promotion, a good finish in the Premier League or a cup run, then I will be interested.
“Us managers, we wait by the phone and see what happens.
“It is nice to have this time off because you can readjust and think about things which perhaps didn’t go well at my last club.
“You certainly feel it when you come out that the stress levels come down somewhat considerably because you are always on edge. There is always something to fix or something to do in the role that you are involved in.”