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Former Newcastle player says it is only now he realises what a ‘Fantastic Manager’ Alan Pardew is

10 months ago
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Alan Pardew has now been out of work for 19 months.

A disastrous spell saw him relegate West Brom, sacked after just over four months, the Baggies only won one of 18 Premier League games under him.

Previous to that, before being sacked by Crystal Palace in December 2016, Alan Pardew had presided over the worst set of results in 2016, worse than any other club in the four divisions.

Not the greatest record since walking out on Newcastle United mid-season in December 2014.

Pardew coming up five full years since he was Mike Ashley’s mouthpiece.

Despite this disastrous record in the past half decade, one of his former Newcastle players thinks it must be because of family reasons why Alan Pardew has not taken another job.

However, even Pardew himself has admitted in various interviews that he is desperate to get back into management.

In April (see below) Alan Pardew was aiming to be back in a job in time for pre-season this past summer and his journalist mate Jason Burt (who often criticised Newcastle fans when Pardew was at NUFC) was talking of Paradew having ‘unfinished business’ in the Premier League.

Mike Williamson is a canny bloke and he tried his best but he was never a Premier League standard player, so no wonder he talks about how ‘fantastic’ Alan Pardew was, as after all, it was only Pardew and John Carver who played him in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew inherited a very decent team when Chris Hughton was disgracefully sacked by Mike Ashley, who wanted a yes man and mouthpiece. Graham Carr then had his highlight when recruiting Cabaye, Ba and Cisse, players instrumental in that fifth place finish of 2011/12.

Yet between Alan Pardew & John Carver and Mike Ashley & associates, Newcastle then almost got relegated again in both 2012/13 and 2014/15.

Mike Williamson speaking to Tribal Football:

“To be brutally honest with Alan Pardew, I probably didn’t really respect him to the extent that he deserved until he left.

“I did respect him, don’t get me wrong, like I could really see how strong minded a character he was, but it wasn’t only really after he left that I saw the effects that he had and how much he achieved at the club.

“So he was a fantastic manager and he really did deserve all the credit he got.

“In terms of him being out of a job at the minute, I would presume it is more of a personal decision more than him not being able to get a job.

“I don’t know his family situation and circumstances but I think being in management for the amount of years he has maybe he is just enjoying a little break and some freedom because it is really intense.”

The Mag – 26 April 2019:

Alan Pardew has now announced he wants to get his next manager’s job.

Out of work for almost 15 months now, Pardew is hoping to get a new post this summer.

A lot of people assumed that Alan Pardew had finally accepted he wasn’t cut out for management at a decent level but instead, he claims ‘I definitely felt that I needed a break.’

When declaring you are back on the jobs market after being such a disaster, it helps to have a very sympathetic journalist.

Alan Pardew giving an ‘exclusive’ to his mate Jason Burt, who has repeatedly backed him up over the years.

A lot of airbrushing over just how shocking Pardew has been in recent years.

After walking out and leaving Newcastle in the lurch mid-season, the Magpies were almost relegated that season under his mate John Carver.

Alan Pardew then sacked after a remarkable achievement at Crystal Palace, the club having the worst record in all four top divisions in 2016, winning only six games that calendar year before he was sacked.

Somehow West Brom thought it a good idea to give him another chance and last season he managed only one win in 18 Premier League games, leaving the Hawthorns in February 2018 after losing all eight of his final PL matches.

There are some amusing  lines, such as when talking about a possible new job: ‘…in the situation I’m in you have to accept that your ego cannot get in the way, you have to accept what comes your way.’ Alan Pardew…ego…never!

Or how about….’I left to go to Palace and people say to me ‘oh, you were great at Newcastle but I am sorry how it ended’.’

Great at Newcastle? Who says that?

In the five seasons he was involved at Newcastle, the club finished 12th 5th, 16th, 10th and 15th. One great season in five.

His mate Jason Burt says about Alan Pardew reaching fifth: ‘….on a budget not dissimilar to that afforded to Rafael Benitez, whose remit is simply staying up.’

The two situations are massively different, Alan Pardew inherited a team on the up after Chris Hughton was disgracefully sacked with Newcastle mid-table. Pardew inherited Coloccini, Krul, Enrique, Nolan, Barton, Carroll, Simpson, Gutierrez, Tiote and Ben Arfa. Then was backed with the signings of Ba, Cabaye and Cisse as at that time Graham Carr came up with some very good signings.

Compare that to Rafa taking over just as the team were going down and the likes of Townsend, Wijnaldum, Janmaat and Sissoko all demanding  demanding to go, whilst Pardew and McClaren had combined to also leave a squad full of deadwood that needed moving on.

Like everybody involved in that 2011/12 season, Alan Pardew deserves his share of the credit. However, looking at his career overall, that was very much a blip, good luck to whoever takes him on next.

Alan Pardew interviewed by his mate Jason Burt in The Telegraph:

“I definitely felt that I needed a break,” says Pardew, in his first newspaper interview since the disappointment of West Brom. “I needed to take a big step back and go: ‘Ok, right, what do I really want to do?’ And I want to go back into managing.”

Ideally that will be in time for pre-season. “You can get things in place, you can get the discipline in place and there are things you know rather than find out mid-way through a season,” Pardew explains. “But in the situation I’m in you have to accept that your ego cannot get in the way, you have to accept what comes your way. I honestly don’t know where that will be but I’m open-minded.”

The MLS or international football are options, but talking to him there is a sense of unfinished business in the Premier League…

Pardew has dared to dream before – taking West Ham and Crystal Palace to FA Cup finals and Newcastle to fifth place in the Premier League in 2012. That season, his side collected some notable scalps such as beating Manchester United 3-0 and on a budget not dissimilar to that afforded to Rafael Benitez, whose remit is simply staying up. After four years Pardew left in January 2015 and is anxious to put one or two myths to bed.

“I wasn’t forced out but the fans linked me 100 per cent with (owner) Mike Ashley,” he says. “I left to go to Palace and people say to me ‘oh, you were great at Newcastle but I am sorry how it ended’. Well it wasn’t sorry how it ended. I left them ninth! I wasn’t sacked. I needed to go because it was right for the football club. It didn’t matter whether I finished sixth that year, the fans were not accepting me.

“There were rumours that I went to casinos and that’s how I knew Mike. But I never go to casinos. I didn’t know him before I got the Newcastle job but that rumour never left me. I am not bitter about it. It is what it is.”

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