After only three years in charge at Newcastle United, Alan Pardew is now the Premier League’s second longest-serving manager behind Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, who has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996, and has always had the team in the top four of the Premier League since then – an amazing achievement by Wenger that doesn’t seem to get the plaudits it deserves.
Alan Pardew - when things were tough last season after the Man United loss
This season we have already seen Paolo Di Canio of Sunderland, Crystal Palace’s Ian Holloway, Fulham’s Martin Jol, West Brom’s Steve Clark and Tottenham’s André Villas-Boas have all been fired this season so far, and there could be even more managers out of a job soon.
One manager who could very soon be in danger is Cardiff City’s Malky Mackay, because Cardiff’s owner Vincent Tan, who changed the Bluebird’s strips to red because it was a lucky color, seems to be positioning things so he can sack Malky, who has actually done quite well for Cardiff this season.
But Malky Mackay did not attend his weekly press conference today, and that follows a report that he has been told to resign – or he will be sacked by owner Vincent Tan – and he could become the 6th manager sacked this season, and it could even be announced today.
Alan Pardew knows all about the fact that PL managers could be fired at almost any time, and Alan himself only just survived the sack from Newcastle last January, but that rare patience shown by owner Mike Ashley seems to be paying off, as Pardew has Newcastle flying high again.
But Alan’s been a survivor and now he has Newcastle back in the top six in the Premier League, and he had this to say about being a manager in England’s top league :
“I see it as a source of danger.” “There’s a little bit of pride but it’s also a little bit worrying. I’ve been vulnerable from day one here and I’m still vulnerable.”
Managers in danger of losing their job right now do not include Newcastle’s Alan Pardew, but others such as former Newcastle managers Sam Allardyce at West Ham, and Chris Hughton at Norwich City, could be in danger with a run of poor results over the Christmas period.
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