Alan Pardew’s record at Newcastle statistically was not very good, and he managed 185 games on Tyneside, won 71, drew 41 and lost 73, for a win percentage of 38.38 and a loss percentage of 39.5.
Alan Pardew – when Newcastle manager
Of the six clubs Alan Pardew has managed in his career since he started as the caretaker manager art Reading back in 1999, that’s the second worst win record, with the only worse one being a 31.1% win record at Charlton.
Alan lost more games than he won at Newcastle.
But Pardew made an excellent start to his career on Tyneside, and in the first 18 months he had Newcastle flying high in 5th place and back in Europe, after we got 65 points in the league and finished above both Chelsea and Liverpool.
Alan won the Premier League Manager of the Season and the LMA Manager of the Season in May, 2012, and that’s the only time a Newcastle manager has won either award.
But that was the zenith for Alan at Newcastle, and most of it was downhill from there.
Mike Ashley didn’t bother increasing either the size of the squad or the quality of the squad in the summer of 2012, and we brought in only Vurnon Anita, since things were flying high and no need to spend money.
Something that Mike Ashley seems to do all the time – if there is no real need to strengthen the squad, why spend money?
The squad just wasn’t big enough the next season to handle European competition, and we suffered because of that – and we suffered big time.
And although we reached the quarter finals of the Europa League competition, until we went out to Benfica we struggled in the Premier League with relegation.
This was one of the few times in the last four years that Mike Ashley got involved personally in transfers, and we brought in five Frenchmen in the January, 2013 transfer window – and we managed to finish in 16th position and avoid relegation.
It’s a pity Mike Ashley didn’t have the foresight (ambition?) to bring those five players in during the previous summer. 🙁
We did a lot better at the start of the next season, which was last season – and we were 6th top at Christmas and seemed to have a very good side.
But for the third time in four years Ashley sold our best player in the January transfer window just over a year ago, and Yohan Cabaye was sold to PSG for big money.
That impacted the side in two ways.
One was it took our best player away, and he wasn’t replaced.
Newcastle and Alan Pardew simply had to get by through the end of the season, after we had 33 points by Boxing Day (after 18 games) – so little chance of being relegated – which is the only thing that motivates the owner.
It also seemed to have the effect of demoralizing the squad, and we went downhill fast and lost six of our last seven games, including six games in a row in the Premier League for the first time ever.
And we know what has happened this season after we had a terrible start, and then won six games in a row and ended Chelsea’s 23 match winning streak in a famous win at St. James’ Park.
Alan left the club after the win at home to Everton on December 28th, and he seemed to leave just as fast as he could to join Crystal Palace.
We have to believe he had been told no players would be coming in last month.
While Alan was not liked much by Newcastle fans, there’s little doubt his star rose while he was at Newcastle.
Most pundits outside Newcastle believe he did a decent job at the club, given the many constraints placed on him by the owner.
We think Alan is a better manager than most people believe, because otherwise we couldn’t have had so many great victories against clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, and even Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season – with what was basically a weak side we fielded.
The thing that puzzled us – was why we had such terrible runs of results under Alan Pardew.
An example was the second half of the 2012-2013 season, and the second half of last season, when at one time we couldn’t buy a win.
So while we think he’s a competent manager whose better thought of now than when he joined Newcastle over four years ago, he’s obviously not near the top echelon.
However, what worries us now is that with most pundits thinking it was Ashley who had less ambition than Alan Pardew, and simply didn’t support him in the transfer window – what message does that send to top coaches who may want the Newcastle job?
We just cannot see a top coach wanting to join the club in the summer, because of the way Ashley handcuffs the coach and makes it so difficult to be successful.
Maybe our best bet is somebody like Steve McClaren or even John Carver, if he does well for the rest of the season.
How do you think Alan Pardew will be remembered at Newcastle in the years ahead?
And who do you think we can bring in over the summer as the new head coach?
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