Alan Pardew was appointed the Southampton manager in July, 2009 and he lasted there a short thirteen (unlucky for some) months before he was fired, even though he was successful at the Saints with a 53% win rate, and won the 2010 Football League Trophy Final at Wembley, and they beat Carlisle United 4-1 to win their first trophy since 1976.
Alan Pardew – while Southampton manager
You go that way – and you go the other way
But that didn’t stop Italian owner Nicola Cortese from sacking Alan, after they had reportedly some conflict between them.
Alan has held his press conference for the game on Saturday, and he had this to say, including that his job is still on the line at Newcastle:
“That’s the managerial career.” “We’re always vulnerable.” “I was vulnerable on day one, and I’m vulnerable now.” “I felt it was an injustice to lose my job. at Southampton.” “I’m not the first manager to say that.” “I always felt it was not a football decision.”
“The fans were brilliant there.” “The players were with me, but the decision was made, and there was nothing I could do about it.” “I’m certainly looking forward to see some of my old players.” “I loved working with them. “
“I’m over the moon to see them on the international stage.” “We’ve had a really strong period.” “And it’s important we focus on this game.” “We didn’t slip up against Norwich and West Brom, and this is a game we’re really looking forward to.”
A win could see Newcastle climb the league table from the 7th place we are in at the moment, but the best we can do is to move up to 5th place, but at the moment we are only 4 points out of second place.
So a good run of form through the Christmas period could see us high up in the league table come the turn of the year – and that’s exactly what we want to see.
It helps that we have very few players injured, although Yohan Cabaye is suspended for the game against the Saints.
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