Alan Pardew thinks the not guilty verdict of Harry Redknapp will lift the Spurs side on Saturday against Newcastle in London.
Alan Pardew doing great job on Tyneside
Redknapp will likely be the next England boss following Fabio Capelalo’s resignation last night, and of course Pardew has already been linked with the Tottenham job.
But that’s hardly a surprise, since he’s an English manager and a Londoner – he was born in Wimbledon – and he’s done just great at Newcastle.
So when the journalists add two and two together and get five – Pardew would be natural candidate for the Spurs position.
But we don’t think Alan will even want to leave Newcastle, because it’s a big job he’s got on Tyneside, and he’s only just started it.
Alan was at Spurs on loan for a while in 1995, and he appeared four times at Tottenham in the 1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup, and he was also part of the squad in the Spurs’ record defeat in their history, 8-0 to FC Koln.
This is what the Newcastle boss told the local press today:
Harry has won his court case. So they will be pretty buoyant, that makes it a bit more difficult.
But we can attack the game and that is what we will do in our own way. We have to find a way to win there.
They have dropped seven points all year there at home. It is a fantastic record and we have it all to do, but we are going to try our hardest. We are in good form. So we have to be confident.
We put our own pressure on ourselves. There is pressure in that we want to win. But by the same token it is not the end of the world if we lose. On that side of it you could argue that this is a good game to attack.
When you are in that position you can do that.
But the thing that could possibly adversely affect the players on Saturday is that Harry Redknapp has a strong chance of becoming the next England manager.
And while that will not affect him this season as he could possibly take over for the preparation for the European Championships on a part-time basis, he could get the job full time in the summer.
That would mean his time in charge at Spurs would be over.
Harry only took over Spurs in late October of 2008, when they were at the bottom of the Premier League but he saved them that season, when Newcastle were relegated.
Redknapp has only been in charge at Spurs just over three years, so he’s done really well, and they’ve already been in the European Champions League.
But Alan Pardew at Newcastle is making the same strides forward as Harry did at Spurs, and he already has Newcastle 5th top of the league, and he’s only been at the Tyneside club for fourteen months.
Spurs have not lost a Premier League game at White Hart Lane since the opening day of the season, when they lost to Manchester City 5-1, so they are obviously due a defeat.
Maybe Newcastle can do that on Saturday.
And the news that Pardew may be a candidate for the Spurs job is at best premature, but it may mean that Mike Ashley will need to give Alan a wage rise, but Alan deserves it – so that should not be a problem.
What do you think?