Alan Pardew has talked about his time at West Ham, and of course he didn’t last long there, once the Icelandic owners came in at the east London club, and he was out in a matter of weeks.
Alan Pardew – built a good side at West Ham
But before then Alan had built a very good side at West Ham, and had taken them back to the Premier League where they finished 9th in their first season back in 2006 on 55 points and into Europe.
That was just 3 points behind a Glenn Roeder managed Newcastle side – after Glenn had rescued Newcastle – when he took over from the sacked Graeme Souness in early February, and won 6 of the last 7 league games.
Alan spent three years at the London club, from 2003 until 2006, until he was sacked by then Chairman Eggert Magnússon, on 11th December, 2006 after a poor run of results.
But Alan was appointed manager of Charlton two weeks later and he was at that London club for just less than two years.
Alan seems to have good memories of his time at West Ham:
“Maybe, but I don’t harp on it,”“My experience there, to my mind, was a fantastic one. I had some great times there. It was tough at the start – I had a really tough group I inherited, that didn’t want to play for the club, a lot of players.”
“But I managed to get through that and build a really, really good side. I thought I left a side that was a lot, lot stronger than when I arrived. I was proud of my achievements at West Ham and I don’t harbor any bad feeling.”
“I haven’t been back to Upton Park since I left. I purposely kept away because I want to return with a really good team. I want to do that next season.”
“I think they will escape the drop and I certainly hope we will. A victory will put a little bit of distance between us and the chasing pack at the bottom.”
We followed Alan at West Ham and thought he did a fine job in those first few years, and the way he got the side to the FA Cup Final and they literally outplayed Liverpool in that game, was good to see, even though they lost it on penalties.
But it was really a certain Steven Gerrard who beat West Ham that day.
Maybe that’s what Alan wants to do at Newcastle – take Newcastle to an FA Cup final – and who knows, we could actually win the thing this time around. It’s only been 56 years since we hammered Man City 3-1 in 1955.
But hey, first things first and safety in the Premier League is much more important these days, and a win against West Ham at the Cathedral on the Hill is what we want to see by 9:45 pm this evening.
That’s all that matters right now.
Howay The Lads!!