We think that Alan Pardew would one day just love to be the England manager.
Alan Pardew - an excellent and still young manager
But at only 50 years-old Alan still has a lot of time for that, and first he must have big success in his club management career, hopefully with Newcastle United, and you cannot say he hasn’t made a terrific start.
And everything seems set up for Newcastle to continue to be successful next season.
Alan Pardew seems very good at tactical stuff, although he’s admitted himself, that once or twice last season he made some big tactical mistakes – but that’s called learning.
Pardew also presents himself so well in front of the media, and he would be very good at that as the England manager, and of course he has no problems at all in handling the big players.
Alan has been extremely complimentary about the way Roy Hodgson has been managing the England side since he took over in early May, and this is the 20th side Roy has managed since he started his management career with Halmstads BK in Sweden thirty six years ago.
So you cannot accuse the current England manager of not having sufficient experience, and this is what Alan said about Roy yesterday:
“Roy Hodgson has now had two competitive matches after the two friendlies, all four games unbeaten, and you have to give him very good marks.”
“His selections and substitutions have been spot-on; he has worked very hard with the talent available; handled the media very well; and you can see from his animation on the sidelines how much he cares.
“I’ve seen other England managers on that touchline sometimes looking quite glassy-eyed, as if they’re thinking “what on earth do I do now?” “Roy has the experience to avoid that and make the right calls with a calm head.”
Some of the individual performances at Euro 2012 are not helping Newcastle in their transfer bids, with Mathieu Debuchy attracting a lot of attention because of his excellent displays for France.
And now, if you believe the latest news that is, the new Chelsea manager Roberto de Matteo has followed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in saying he wants the French International at Stamford Bridge.
It should help Newcastle that Mathieu wants to join Yohan Cabaye on Tyneside, but the worry is that Chelsea will go in and offer his French club Lille, big money for their player, which could freeze Newcastle out.
We are just hoping that doesn’t happen.
What do you think?