Ian Wright played with Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace from 1987 until 1991, when he joined Arsenal, where he really made a name for himself, and he has complimented the Newcastle manager today , who received a new eight year contract for himself and his staff yesterday, as one of the best managers in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew – never a great player but had opinions
Wright has told ESPN that Alan was very vocal in the dressing room when they played together at Palace, and it’s not surprising that Alan went straight into management at Reading ibn 1999, after his playing days were over at that particular club.
This is what Wright had to say about the Newcastle manager:
“Pards was never the most blessed footballer technically, he was always a guy who had opinions and thoughts on how the game should be played, so it doesn’t surprise me to see him doing so well.” “There are not many better managers in the Premier League right now than Pards in my opinion.”
“There has been talk of Alan being pushed towards the Tottenham or even the England job earlier this year, but I think Newcastle is a much better place for him to be.” “There is not so much pressure up there as there would be at a club where they are expecting to win stuff and he was quick to distance himself from links with the England job when they came up.”
“Anyway, what is the rush for people in the modern game to be appointed to big positions? The way I see it, some managers are being thrown into big jobs long before they are ready for them.” “I look at Andre Villas-Boas as a guy who is being promoted a little too quickly. He didn’t shower himself in glory at Chelsea at all and then he somehow gets the job at Tottenham.”
“Now you look at the things he is doing there; Michael Dawson is captain one minute, then next he wants him out. There were mixed messages over Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe at the start of the season as well.” “Okay, he won the Europa League at FC Porto and did well in the Portuguese league, but that should never have been enough to give him the Chelsea job, so I was not surprised when it all blew up.”
It’s strange that Ian says there’s not much pressure at Newcastle – which planet is he living on?
But to be fair to the former Arsenal striker, he said there was not too much pressure to win stuff at Newcastle, and we suppose that’s fairly true, at least at the moment.
From what we’ve seen since Alan Pardew joined Newcastle in December of 2010, he’s in an almost perfect job that matches his personality and you can tell by the way he goes about the business that he just loves being the manager of Newcastle United.
And he has very quickly taken in the history of the club, and seems determined to make Newcastle into a top side again both in England and in Europe.
Now he will have the time to do it, and we hope that’s exactly what happens – and the sooner the better.
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