Alan Pardew Linked With Top Management Job


It seems being a Premier League manager these days is even more precarious than it used to be,  and two managers got the sack over the weekend, when their teams lost and West Brom’s Steve Clarke is out of a job, and Andre Villas-Boas was sacked yesterday morning, after the 5-0 mauling by Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Alan Pardew at Rangers shouting

Alan Pardew – staying at Newcastle

It’s maybe less surprising that Vila Boas was sacked after his team lost 6-0 at Manchester City recently,  and to lose by those margins to teams who are battling you for a top four places was unacceptable to Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Chairman.

The Portuguese manager lasted eighteen months at Tottenham, which is nine months longer than he lasted at Chelsea, and now Andre has failed twice in England with two big London clubs.

It was a bigger shock that former Newcastle coach Steve Clarke was sacked after four losses in a row at West Brom, one to Newcastle, but it seems owners and Chairman these days are loath to get anywhere near the relegation zone, without making almost immediate changes to management.

And Sam Allardyce has to be in some danger at West Ham too.

And yes, it’s all because of that big money that’s being handed out in May of every year – between £60M and £100M to every Premier League club.

Alan Pardew is long odds to replace Vila-Boas at 33/1, but there’s no way Alan will be leaving Newcastle – and yes – that will upset some fans who are convinced he’s not good enough for Newcastle.

And that’s after we finished 5th two years ago and this season are in 6th place one point better off than at the same stage two years ago.,

And with the favorite for the role being 67 year-old former England manager Fabio Capello, who is currently odds on for the job, why on earth did Levy ever sack Harry Redknapp, who is nine month younger than Fabio?

Harry was sacked 18 months ago, after he had Tottenham in 4th place in the league table, for the second time in three years.

Harry had Spurs doing great before he got the axe, and it doesn’t look like a good move now by Chairman Daniel Levy, with Harry having QPR at the top of the Championship with 42 points from their 20 games.

We thought it was Harry’s age, but that cannot be true if Levy appoints Fabio Capello.

What do you think?

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84 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    To be honest – who cares, its not our problem what Levy does or doesnt do!!!

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  • cyprus

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Transfer,
    I get you and I often thought why Anita since we have Cabs. But, the latter (as most of the team!) did not show up for a whole year last year and this year he wants out. As a MF general he often gets outplayed by ‘lesser’ opponents. I’d rather build up a long term younger prospect than one who wants out. I guess I’m being overly critical, but Cabs misplaces a lot of passes and tackles and he often wastes attacking options with futile shots.

    Repost:
    I was critical of Anita when he came. Feather light, easily beaten at LB, easily pushed off the ball at CM. BUT, he has improved immensely, provides a reliable option, can hold the ball and dribble (which Cabs can’t) and is more committed to the team than the latter. He’s 24, by the time he’s 27 he’ll be much better than him. Same with Sissoko, in a couple of years he’ll be immense. Yaya Toure (30) was just ok for many years (Olympiakos), look at him now.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    LB=RB, actually.

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  • SuperShearer

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Was Redknapp sacked or was his contract just not renewed? Either way I was glad to see the back of him. Can’t see Spurs going for Pardew, they’ll want someone more glamorous.

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  • Slank

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    I doubt very much Pardew will move. Spurs have major problems off and on the field. Pardew is building a very good team here where, despite what some newspapers and pundits might say, there is harmony and cooperation throughout the club.

    I see similarities between Spurs and Sunderland. Both have spent hugely and brought in a bus load of players all at once. And their clubs wonder why a mixed bunch haven’t gelled quickly in a foreign country, in a foreign team and in a foreign and completely different league. What is interesting is that Italians were instrumental in both spending sprees. Clearly beware of Italians baring gifts!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Pardew isn’t going anywhere. Who else would give him an 8 year contract? Not sure I’d want him to leave right now either, though we are largely where we should be, given our squad.

    All my gripes about Pardew have largely been addressed even if things like dropping MYM for Colo and sitting on one goal leads for the whole of the second half sometimes still drives me nuts.

    If we did get another manager I think we need to go Latin. watching City and Everton is a joy

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  • JackButler

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    All depends on how Pardew feels he’s being treated by Ashley.

    Doubt Spurs will come in for him as they seem to be in for Laudrup

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    A mis leading Headline.

    Where is he linked?

    I am sure one could get oddsfor Alex Ferguson too

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  • geordielad880

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Side to play palace:-

    ————————krul

    Debuchy—–willo———-m’biwa——-santon

    —————-tiote————anita
    ————————cabaye
    sissoko———————————–gouffran
    ————————Remy

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  • geordielad880

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    And would make changes after 60 mins, ben arfa for sissoko, and cisse for anita, and revert back to 4-4-2

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11

    jack

    I don’t mind anita and think he can develop just i don’t think the lad can spray balls around like cabaye can over 50/60 yards, i don’t see him as solid defensively as tiote and i don’t think he has the drive of sissoko.

    He is a bit watered down if that makes sense, neither one thing nor the other but he has potential to come on. As part of a midfield 3 he is ok, as a 2 i’m not as convinced by him. I don’t think he does much wrong, just don’t think he has that extra bit yet.

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  • Slank

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Cyprus,

    I believe Anita would get in most Premier League clubs. His problem is Cabaye and Tiote. These two are one of the top midfield pairings in the league and the way they are playing now it would take some serious loss of form from them for Anita to replace any one of them.

    However, as was shown at ManU a three man midfield with Cabaye playing ahead of Tiote and Anita would dominate most teams and would control the game at Palace if all three started with Goof and Sissoko supporting them and Remy upfront.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed

    You jump from side to side like anything !!!

    You mention the 5th place and now in 6th but you were as critical as anyone after our showing at Everton and our capitulation at home to Hull and finishing 16th last season, spectacularly losing at home to Reading, Liverpool and Sunderland !

    Now you’re trying to distance yourself!

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #14

    I hope we trounce Palace this weekend. Not that i dislike them, but i can’t stand Pulis. He is one of those Mark Hughes type managers…. no matter how many they get beat by, it’s “oh, they were lucky with decisions” and “We gifted them fourteen of the 20 goals they scored in the first half” and “If the ref had given us that insignificant throw in on the half way line, we probably would have went on to win comfortably”

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  • Charlietoon

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #15

    I just had the thought that the reason he was given an 8 year contract was not because he was good or great, but because he was manager of the year a season or two ago and he will be on a list of managers for other clubs. If someone wants your manager and he has 6 years left on his contract the compensation going to the owner/club is going to be a lot more than if he had one or two years left…. Ashley really knows how to squeeze every dollar doesn’t he?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Slank

    AVB is Portugese.

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  • Slank

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Jack @ 8

    All football managers (possibly with the exception of Fergie and Wenger) know that the owners of their clubs have total power over them and when they say jump it’s just a matter of how high.

    But I get the impression is that Pardew has a lot of respect for Ashley because of what he has done in his own business. There was an interesting article and editorial in the latest Sunday Times about Ashley saying that no one messes with Ashley as few, if any, get the better of him.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda

    to be fair though, since losing away to the Mackems this season, we have only had one bad result away to Swansea. I think this weekends draw v Soton was a good result between two very evenly matched sides. Surely we can’t be questioning Pardews position at the moment?

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Rotonda.. sorry, i have just spotted an earlier post where you said your gripes have been addressed re pards. Humble appologies, sir 😀

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  • geordielad880

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #20

    pardew is doing a really good job, and i think i was one of the only people who wanted to stick by him when we were struggling last season, we need stability

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    slank

    thats because in his sports business he is now top dog in the UK for retail and can blow people out of the water due to his buy lots, sell cheap approach.

    He is a clever man in sports retail but not so clever at football club ownership, as can be seen by some of his daft appointments in key positions.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    Slank

    Managers are no different to players, if some chairman comes calling offering to pay them double or even treble the wages and offer them a transfer kitty they do not currently get, they have their heads turned.

    Do you think that Pardew likes have Kinnear over him?

    He has been at loggerhead with Carr for some time as well and Ashley and Llambias have both left him out to dry numerous times in the past.

    Stranger things have happened

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  • Slank

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Rotunda @ 16

    Yes he is but the bloke in charge of transfers is Baldini, who most pundits blame for the mess at Spurs.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #24

    geordielad

    yeah i was also one who wanted him to have another season. I was hoping last year was a blip, and that he could get us back to the top half this year. He will never be a man to take us to a title challenge and i don’t think he is a champs league mananger either. But if we can get into the europa for the next couple of seasons and get some consistency, then id be happy. After that we will need a new guy to make the next step into the top four.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Jack

    I can’t think of anyone who would like JFK over them :O

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  • JackButler

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #26

    Markaccus

    It’s not the mouth it comes out of but the mind it goes in to 😀

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27

    I wonder how many people vomited on their computers after that comment :p

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  • Slank

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Jack @ 22

    I suppose that if I was put in charge of an organisation in an industry I’ve never been involved with before I would be very surprised if I never made a daft decision. Ashley is not infallible.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #29

    Jack

    I never claimed to have an ordinary mind lol

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #30

    Slank

    Knew there’d be a catch . D’oh!!

    Good point, well made.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Slank

    There is a difference between “not infalible” and “complete clusterf**k”,

    When it comes to football decisions, Ashley falls into the latter imho D

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #32

    Slank

    Commolli too while we’re at it.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #33

    Slank

    None of us know how the relationship between Pardew and Ashley truly stands as we know little to nothing of the inner workings of the club, but Pardew, like every other manager could easily see things as being better for him elsewhere.

    For the record I don’t think he will leave us but anything is possible in the modern game

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #34

    well done to pards being inducted into the racism hall of fame along with his prem managerial awards do they count as silverware? 🙂

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  • roy

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    We aren’t that lucky and Spurs aren’t that desperate to employ Pardew. I’m waiting for him ruling himself out, that is always a sign he had no chance in the first place.

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  • Slank

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #36

    Jack @ 33

    Completely agree with you except I don’t see Pardew having his head or pocket turned by Spurs money. I see very little difference between Levy and Ashley.

    I suppose it’s a case of the ‘grass is always greener’ against the ‘devil you know’!

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  • JackButler

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #37

    Look at it this way.

    Pardew is reported to be on 500k p/a
    The last two Spurs managers have both been on roughly 4 million a year and Big Sam is reported to be close to 3 million a year

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  • Burni

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #38

    There’s no way he would go. The spurs chairman wouldn’t want him as he knows the negative tactics would go down poorly with the fans. Also pardew is safe for another 6 years here. Why would he leave?

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  • Slank

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #39

    Rotunda @ 32

    Let’s hope that Carr doesn’t rename himself Carrolinio!

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  • JackButler

    Dec 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #40

    Slank

    There’s a world of difference between Levy and Ashley

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