Nicola Cortese is a former Italian banker who was appointed Executive Chairman of Southampton Football Club, in August of 2009, and that was one month after Alan Pardew had been appointed manager. Alan lasted a year under Nicola Cortese, but he was fired by the Southampton Chairman in August of 2010, after a difficult start in the league, and he of course joined Newcastle in early December of that same year, after Chris Hughton had been surprisingly fired by Mike Ashley.
Nicola Cortese – Southampton Chairman – sacked Pardew
It doesn’t seem that Alan was too upset about being fired form Southampton, because he just couldn’t get along with the Chairman:
“If I’m honest, I was quite happy about it.” “I thought I’d done a good job, but it was proving to be very, very difficult to work with the owner.” “I wouldn’t have jumped before I was pushed, but it was a difficult period working with Mr Cortese.”
“We just didn’t see eye to eye. There was no nastiness in there, he just didn’t want me as his manager and I think that was obviously coming through to me.” “I had a great relationship with the fans though and our performances were strong bearing in mind we had minus ten points and didn’t really have a starting XI when I arrived.”
“I signed Ricky Lambert when he was 28 for £1M and said to the chairman at the time that he could play in the Premier League,” said the Magpies manager. “A lot of people ummed’ and ahhed about him, but he has proved me right and I’m pleased for him because he is such a super lad.”
“I look forward to seeing him and a few others, but I’m obviously hoping he’s not going to score because he’s very effective.” “I don’t think he has ever missed a penalty for Southampton and he has the best shot, power wise, that I have ever worked with so he is a handful.”
When there was a poll on whether Southampton fans wanted him to stay, over 80% of the fans wanted him to stay, and Alan brought in some great players – who are still at the club – and of course he led Southampton to the 2010 Football League Trophy Final at Wembley, where they won 4–1 against Carlisle United.
That was Southampton’s first trophy since 1976, but it wasn’t enough for Alan to keep his job.
Pardew gave midfielder Adam Lallana his first opportunity, and worked with Kelvin Davis, Jose Fonte and Jason Puncheon, and he bought then 28 year-old Rickie Lambert, from Bristol Rovers for just £1M.
Alan seems to get on well with both Derek LLambias and owner Mike Ashley at Newcastle and they usually seem to be on the same page together.
And we hope that have agreed Newcastle need new players in during the January transfer window to solidify our squad, which is simply too small.
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