The Carlisle United manager has today said that Alan Pardew is an inspiration to him.
Greg Abbott – Carlisle manager
But because of Alan’s fantastic success at Newcastle, in what turned out to be a magical season for Newcastle, he also says – tongue in cheek – that he’s jealous of Pardew.
It was a short two years ago in 2010 when Carlisle were in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and the other side were Southampton – managed by Alan Pardew at the time.
But very early in the next seoasn, in August of 2010, Southampton sacked Alan Pardew and the Newcastle manager left under acrimonious circumstances, and the Saints appointed Nigel Adkins of Scunthorpe in his place in September of that year.
Nigel has since got Southampton successive promotions, and they will be back in the Premier League next season.
Southampton met Carlisle in that Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final, when both clubs were in League One – the third tier of English football, and Soutmaptom won 4-1.
Of course Alan landed on his feet at Newcastle in December of 2010, and has won the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season and the LMA Manager of the Season awards this month, and you cannot do better than that as a manager.
This is what Gregg Abbott had to say:
“Alan is an absolute inspiration,” “Just three years ago we were both managing at that absolutely brilliant stadium Wembley – probably the Mecca for English football.”
“Now look at him, he’s the LMA manager of the year across all divisions and he’s done an absolutely brilliant job at Newcastle.”
“I’m pleased for Alan because he treated us very well back then and he deserves his success. I told him that he is an inspiration but of course I’m absolutely jealous of him too.”
“This is a very delicate industry and we both know how quickly things can go for you and against you. Alan should be an inspiration to all of us.”
Gregg remains in contact with Alan Pardew at Newcastle, because Carlisle will be one of the clubs that Newcastle loan out their youngsters to, and Tim Krul and James Tavernier are only two of the Newcastle youngsters who have been on loan at the Cumbrian club.
It should be a win-win for both clubs.
We hope Alan can win those two manager awards again next season, because it will probably mean that Newcastle will have won the Premier League if he does that – or maybe even the Europa League.