Sunderland have already had four different managers during the reign of Rafa Benitez and surely Alan Pardew is the man they have truly been searching for.
You just need to look at their respective records in recent times, the stats don’t lie.
Both Pardew and the Mackems have seen their reputations go through the floor, disaster is written all over them.
It is almost spooky just how well matched they are on these stats over the last 55 league matches Sunderland have played and Alan Pardew has managed…
In the 2015/16 season at Palace, his record from Boxing Day onwards read:
Played 21 Won 2 Drawn 7 Lost 12
Then in 2016/17 from August 2016 until he was sacked on 22 December 2016:
Played 17 Won 4 Drawn 3 Lost 10
Taking over at West Brom on 29 November 2017, since then he has managed:
Played 17 Won 1 Drawn 5 Lost 11
Totalling up his entire record from Boxing Day 2015 up to the present day we have a Premier League record of:
Played 55 Won 7 Drawn 15 Lost 33 (36 points from a possible 165)
Last 17 matches in the Premier League 2016/17:
Played 17 Won 2 Drawn 3 Lost 12
The 38 games in the Championship 2017/18:
Played 38 Won 5 Drawn 13 Lost 20
Totalling up as:
Played 55 Won 7 Drawn 16 Lost 32 (37 points from a possible 165)
When you consider that Alan Pardew helped Sunderland to win four times in a row in the last four games when he managed Newcastle United in the North East derby, once again he must be perfect as these four games were then added to, to create their ‘6 in a row title’ which they still cling onto now, as the Wearsiders sink without trace into the lower leagues.
As a Newcastle fan, Pardew’s record in the derbies summed him up for me:
Sunderland 1 Newcastle 1 – January 2011
Sunderland 0 Newcastle 1 – August 2011
Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1 – March 2012
Sunderland 1 Newcastle 1 – October 2012
Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3 – April 2013
Sunderland 2 Newcastle 1 – October 2013
Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3 – February 2014
Newcastle 0 Sunderland 1 – December 2014
His time at Newcastle shows a record of played eight against Sunderland, with four defeats, three draws and only one win, which was the Ryan Taylor one down there.
It is absolutely abysmal, considering how useless the Mackems were in these seasons and basically keeping them up with the gift of points.
Losing his last four was a joke, conceding nine goals in them and scoring only one, a true reflection of his (lack of) motivational skills.
It isn’t really mentioned but it was only eight days before he walked out on Newcastle, that Alan Pardew oversaw that final derby defeat at St James Park.
The last derby match before Ashley appointed Pardew, saw Chris Hughton mastermind a 5-1 smashing of them at Halloween 2010, and in the eight derbies before Alan Pardew took over, Newcastle won five, drew two and lost only the one.
I thought that Roy Keane getting the Sunderland job and being a total failure was pretty ideal but if they ever appointed Alan Pardew, that would be a total dream.