So, it was announced today that Alan Pardew would take the reins at Newcastle United. He is the man Mike Ashley has targeted as having more Premier League experience than Chris Hughton? Hmmm, just. Its not that I don’t like Pardew, far from it, I think he is a stand up guy and a good manager. But, the manner in which Hughton was sacked I was expecting Jose Mourinho to holding up a Newcastle scarf today.
Pardew made his name at Reading, and followed that up by taking the Hammers to a split second from an FA Cup win (we all remember that sunny day in May 2006!). If it wasn’t for Steven Gerrard, Alan Pardew would have an FA Cup in his locker and his managerial path could have well taken a different route. But make no mistakes, Pardew is indeed a very lucky boy to be given a chance with a Premier League side like Newcastle.
Sacked from a League One club a few months back, now he ends up with a job in the Premier League – nice work if you can get it. It appears that hanging around casino’s can pay off as it looks like Pardew, Ashley and Llambias have had many a night around a card table discussing the finer points of football.
I hope Pardew has learnt alot from his time at Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton. How can we forget his tacky slogans plastered everywhere at Upton Park “The Original Academy” and “Tenacity” etc blah blah. But to be fair to Pardew, he does try to employ an attacking style of football, which will be demanded on Tyneside.
Once the dust has settled on the Hughton sacking, I think the Newcastle fans will see an exciting and attacking team that Pardew will have put together. The old track suit will be left aside and a more polished, professional Pardew will be on show in Newcastle. I just hope Newcastle continue to progress and improve, not for Mike Ashley, but for the fans and for Pardew himself.