Alan Pardew has been in football management for over fourteen years.
Alan Pardew at Newcastle – his win percentage matches his average over his management career
Pardew’s first experience as a manager came in March of 1998, when he was appointed as the caretaker manager at Reading, after the departure of Terry Bullivant.
And after being successful as their caretaker manager, the Londoner was appointed the permanent Reading manager the next year.
So that’s 14 years as a manager, and some of that hard won experience is starting to pay off for Pardew at Newcastle.
Alan stayed at Reading until September of 2003, and in his 212 games in charge, he had an impressive win record of 48.1%, which is a lot better than his current 42.9% in his 63 games in charge of Newcastle.
Alan went on to manage West Ham, Charlton, Southampton and then Newcastle and in his total management career of 595 games in charge, and he has a very good 42.9% win average overall, which is exactly what it is currently at Newcastle, as it turns out.
One way to look at that is that Alan is even under-performing at Newcastle, well he’s only on par let’s say, even though he’s got the lads in 4th place in the Premier League.
Three of his former players, Malky Mackay, Brendan Rodgers and Brian McDermott have done very well indeed this season, as has their mentor.
Swansea have done great under Rodgers’ management, Malky Mackay did a good job at at Watford when he took over from the sacked Rodgers in June of 2009, before he moved to Cardiff two years later.
Cardiff made the Championship play-offs this season, getting 6th place with 75 points from their 46 games, and of course Alan tried to get Mackay as his Assistant Manager on Tyneside, before he brought in John Carver.
Brian McDermott has done an excellent job at Reading and has the club promoted after winning the Championship with 89 points from their 38 games, and having lost out to Swansea in the play-off final last year.
Pardew is pleased his mentorees are doing so well:
“There are a lot of my ex-players who have gone into management and are doing well, which makes me very proud.” “That’s honestly great for me to see.”
“Malky took Cardiff City to the League Cup Final, which was a fantastic achievement, and Brendan has been absolutely brilliant for Swansea in their first year in the Premier League.”
“And then there is Brian (McDermott) who, for me, is probably the manager of the year for winning promotion with Reading.” “So it’s been a great season for me personally.”
“All my old teams have actually done well. Charlton got promotion to the Championship last week when Reading got to the Premier League, which is fantastic.”
Having looked at Alan Pardew’s overall record in management, and what he has achieved at Newcastle so far, he is only matching his overall average performance at Newcastle, in the 63 games in charge on Tyneside.
We wonder where Newcastle will be if Alan gets to over-perform at Newcastle – winning the Champions League?
Well – at least we can dream.