There’s no doubt that Alan Pardew is ambitious.
Alan Pardew – would take England manager job
But when the Newcastle first team squad travels to Tenerife today, Pardew and the other Newcastle coaches will have their work cut out to get the Newcastle team back together again, after their calamitous collapse yesterday afternoon at Craven Cottage in that disastrous second half.
It was very hard for Newcastle fans to watch, when from the 52nd to the 69th minute Fulham scored four goals, and could have had even more, such was the pathetic defending of the Newcastle side.
But two of those were penalties given by referee Lee Mason, and the first one turned the game completely in Fulham’s favor, when Davide Santon was adjudged to have pushed former Newcastle player Damien Duff, but it happened outside the penalty box.
The Magpies had looked great in the first half and had deservedly taken a 1-0 lead through a bullet left foot shot from Danny Guthrie, but they lost it all in that 17 minutes of utter despair from the 52nd minute on.
It will be a very good test of Alan Pardew’s management skills if he can get the lads ready for the next few games, which are a tough FA Cup 4th round tie at Brighton on Saturday, followed by a league game at Blackburn the following Wednesday night, and then a home game against Aston Villa two weeks today.
Newcastle can right the ship very quickly with a few good wins in those three upcoming games, and that’s exactly what we are hoping for.
We’ve always known Alan Pardew was ambitious, and he’ll want to continue doing well at the Newcastle club, because after that he wants to manage on the continent, and if the offer of taking over as the England manager ever came up – he’d take it.
This is what Alan said on Friday about the England job:
“Right now I’m fully behind Harry. I hope he gets it because he’d understand that role. He’s experienced enough and has the motivational devices to succeed.”
“Hopefully I’ll get myself into a position where I’m experienced enough to be able to do that. I want to be at the top of my profession.”
“I’d like to expand myself and manage overseas but, ultimately, would I like to be England manager at some stage if I was lucky enough to be asked? Yes.”
Pardew is only one of three English managers in the Premier League at the moment, with the other two being the red hot favorite for the England job – Harry Redknapp – and West Brom’s Roy Hodgson.
It’s been a weird season with some shock results in the Premier League, that’s for sure.
And in an attempt to make the pain of Newcastle’s defeat yesterday a little bit easier to take for the Geordie fans, we remind people that Arsenal were hammered 8-2 at Manchester United and then the Red Devils themselves were hammered d 6-1 by local rivals Manchester City.
It seems if you are a good team, you have to take a whacking at least once this season – that’s only if you are any good of course.
Well that’s at least one way of looking at the debacle of yesterday.