Alan Pardew was born in Wimbledon in July of 19161 and started management in 1998 as caretaker manager of Reading Football Club.
Alan Pardew – 99% certain to become Newcastle manager
In his playing days Alan was a midfielder who played for various clubs, with the major ones being Crystal Palace and Charton Athletic.
49 year-old Alan started his management career with Reading in March of 1998, when he was appointed as caretaker manager after the departure of Terry Bullivant, and Alan was finally appointed manager the following year.
He then joined Championship club West Ham very early in the 2003-2004 season, after former Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder had been ruthlessly sacked after recovering from a brain tumor. , and within a couple of years had them promoted back to the Premier League.
But things started to go badly for Alan and in December of 2006, following a 4–0 defeat away at Bolton Wanderers the previous weekend (at least we scored one goal), it was announced that Pardew had been dismissed by West Ham.
At that time West Ham released this statement:
“The chairman Mr Eggert Magnússon and the board have been concerned by the performances of recent weeks and feel that it is the right time to make a change in the best interests of the club.”
He took over at Charlton Athletic two weeks later, signing a three-and-a-half year contract on Christmas Eve of 2006 – a present for Charlton fans?.
Pardew took over Charlton when they were in 19th place in the Premier League, with just 12 points and a –20 goal difference, but he was unable to keep Charlton up, resulting in the first relegation of his career, both as a player or manager.
But Charlton’s form quickly deteriorated in the Championship, and they were near the bottom of the table after just 8 games without even a win, and a 5-2 home defeat to Sheffield United on 22nd November 2008, Pardew parted company with Charlton by mutual consent.
Obviously Alan didn’t do as well in the Championship as our own Chris Hughton did last season with 30 wins and 102 points, as Newcastle sailed straight back up.
Pardew was appointed manager of Southampton in July of last year, after the new owner Markus Liebherr had taken over the club and sacked Mark Wotte just one day after completing the deal to save The Saints.
Pardew led his side up the League One table and despite their 10 point deduction, their challenge for a playoff place was kept alive until there were just two league games remaining.
I followed them last season, as I have a few friends in Southampton where I lived eons ago, when I first joined IBM, and we know Alan did great last year in very difficult circumstances at Southampton.
Pardew led Southampton to the Football League Trophy final on 28 March 2010 at Wembley, which the club’s first trophy since 1976.
He was sacked in August, although only 13% of Southampton fans agreed with the decision.
This is what the Southampton board issued at the time:
“Following a review of the status in and around the first team, the club has decided that, to achieve its well-known targets, it is essential to make changes to the first-team management and coaching,”
“These targets for sustained and significant progress embrace both the first team and the football development and support centre as integrated, co-operative units.
“We recognize that frequent changes to the football management are unlikely to assist in the winning of trophies and promotions.” (you don’t say – try 13 managers in 13 years)
“However, we are taking these steps to achieve our aims, which we share with all supporters, to get promoted this season, and secure long-term stability and progress for our football operations.”
So that’s what Alan has done up to last August.
Now can somebody please tell us what in his record qualifies this man to become the new manager of Newcastle United – perhaps he just talked himself into the job and Ashley and Llambias didn’t check his record out.
His management record in short is as follows:
Team G W D L Win % Reading 212 102 52 58 48.11 West Ham 163 67 38 58 41.10 Charlton 89 28 26 35 31.46 Southampton 64 34 17 13 53.13 Total 528 231 133 164 43.75
Am I dreaming all of this – or is this actually happening?
Can somebody please wake me up from this Newcastle nightmare.