Alan Pardew has given Harry Redknapp his strong backing to be the next England manager.
Alan Pardew gives Harry Redknapp his full backing
And the successful Newcastle manager hopes that whoever is the next England manager, he will come and watch his Newcastle side play up in the north-east, because it’s a well known fact that it was too far to travel for Italian Fabio Capello.
Pardew is the second highest placed manager in the Premier League behind Harry Redknapp at the moment, and he will take his Newcastle side to London to face Tottenham on Saturday afternoon at White Hart Lane, but Alan knows he is not ready for the England manager position.
Alan wants to see the England manager at St. James’ Park more than he ever saw Fabio Capello there - which in short was never.
This is what Alan said last night:
If you are an England manager from this country, you should understand the need to come to these places and that certain things need to be done. He should have been up here in my opinion.
There are not that many Premier League grounds and as England manager you do not have a workload that means you cannot get to them at some stage in a season and I expect to see the new England manager here.
The important thing about our jobs is that you have got to feel comfortable in the position as manager. That does not always work well with the manager, but it seems to be working well at the moment.
That is the sort of environment you look for as a manager. As an Englishman I am proud to be in that sort of frame but it is not for me. I make that quite clear, I am not even in the running as far as I am concerned. I am very very happy here at Newcastle.
I am pleased for Harry, he has had a tough week. I am pleased for his family as well. What you remember about our job is that we are resilient, we have rhino skin. That is because of the some stuff we have to hear on the sidelines.
Ssome of the stuff that we have to read and listen to. You have to have rhino skin. But it is our families. Harry will have to look at his family and make sure they are prepared and that is why a more experienced manager is more suited to that.
Harrys family is older, his kids are older. I could not imagine my kids going to school if I was England manager, if I am honest. I look at the England role and the one thing I think the FA need to look at is What is the end game for the manager?
Is it good? What is the outcome? Am I going to get two tournaments? Once a tournament ends there is huge speculation about the manager and it all becomes critical. I think that is something on a personal level that whoever the manager is, should be looked at.
I think that is important this time and really hope that Harry and Spurs and everybody sorts themselves out and can do it in a manner when it works for everybody.
Alan Pardew is too much into the seemingly successful building of the next great Newcastle United side, and in a short 14 months he has the Magpies in 5th place in the Premier League, and the club have acquired some excellent players since Alan arrived.
Some of those are Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Gabby Obertan and Davide Santon, and it’s fair to say he has had solid backing from owner Mike Ashley and from Chief Executive Derek Llambias in hos time on Tyneside.
But Alan still have over four years of his contract to run at Newcastle, and it looks like he means to stay for at least that long.
Sounds good to us.