You can’t deny one thing about Alan Pardew, he always seems able to find people to come out in the media and make, often outrageous, claims about his abilities.
Out of work for almost a year now and ignored for the Premier League vacancies that he has targeted since the sackings started this season, the former Newcastle boss has now turned his attentions to Scotland.
With Rangers looking for a new manager, Alan Pardew has put his name forward for the job.
No decision announced as yet by the Ibrox club but one of Pardew’s mates has come out and backed him for the job, making some quite amusing claims on Pardew.
Peter Grant worked as a coach with Alan Pardew at Reading and West Ham, so maybe he is hoping that a job could be in the offing if he gets the Rangers post:
Peter Grant talking to BBC Sport:
“Alan Pardew was a very good man-manager, very diligent, up to date with sports science.
“He earned respect, then Newcastle finished fifth in the Premier League, under severe pressure. He’s got the skin of a rhino and you need that to be the manager of Celtic or Rangers.
“Fantastic man. I thoroughly enjoyed my time (at West Ham). I loved working with him and the only reason I left was because I got the opportunity to manage Norwich.
“We had some wonderful players at the club, Tevez, Mascherano, Sheringham, and I saw very close hand how he handled top quality players. He did that exceptionally well. I’ve got great respect for him as a manager.
“Certain managers know how to handle top players.
“You talk about Tevez, Mascherano, fantastic players, different characters. You have to manage them well.
“I thought they should all be the same, one rule for all, but he (Alan Pardew) softened me on that. You have respect for the players, the discipline and they knew the rules, there was no fine line and nobody got away with anything. He was hard but fair. You respect them and tell them your thoughts, but you’ve got to manage them the right way.”
West Ham signed Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano in summer 2006 but despite having some very talented players at his disposal, Alan Pardew and the Hammers struggled badly.
Pardew eventually sacked in December 2006, with West Ham deep in relegation trouble. Alan Curbishley came in and saved them, winning seven of the final Premier League matches to keep them up on the final day of the season.
Despite having both starred in the 2006 Germany World Cup for Argentina, they found life under Alan Pardew a little strange, Tevez starting only seven Premier League games and Mascherano a measly three.
The likes of Hayden Mullins and Nigel Reo-Coker kept Mascherano out of the side and within six months a certain Rafa Benitez had rescued him and he went to Liverpool, where he started in the Champions League final against AC Milan where the scousers were losing finalists.
It’s funny how Tevez and Mascherano have slightly different recollections of Alan Pardew’s management, both having spoken since about his incompetence and inability to manage top managers…
“It was frustrating to join after a World Cup and have the manager (Alan Pardew) ask what position I played but I continued to push forward for six months.”
“I never had a fluid relationship with Pardew.
“I don’t know what his motives were but I think that he never had confidence in us.
“My impressions of Pardew are not positive.
“He did not really speak much with the players – with us he was a mute.”