Maybe we are missing something, and in truth we quite liked Alan Pardew and the way he prepared Newcastle for a big game, like against Chelsea for example, but the way John Carver has described Alan Pardew’s management and coaching skills at Newcastle this week seems unreal.
Two former Newcastle managers – Allardyce and Pardew – earlier this season
First of all, John Carver went way over the top by describing Alan’s fantastic legacy at Newcastle, when in truth the fans couldn’t get him out of the club quickly enough.
So it’s not clear why John is talking this way before we meet Crystal Palace tomorrow night.
And when the England manager job came up as a possibility for Alan is the future, this is what John said:
“Alan can definitely be a future England manager because he has the temperament. The England manager gets criticized by everyone!”
“He only has two competitions he can win – the World Cup and Euros and they’re only every two years. There would be big pressure on but he could deal with it.”
“He didn’t talk about it. Me, Woody [Andy Woodman] and Steve Stone would have a laugh and joke about it – we’d say, ‘Do you think he will take us to England with him?”
“That was us, we’d have a bit of craic about it.”
Alan Pardew won 71 games for Newcastle and lost 73, so that’s hardly a great record for a Newcastle manager, and it’s one worth remembering when somebody tries to rewrite history about Alan Pardew at Newcastle.
And when you think about some of his touchline antics while at at Newcastle, the England selectors would be very cautious about appointing a manager whose emotions sometimes get the better of him.
And the pressure on any England manager is always (extremely) high – as Bobby Robson found out when he managed England for eight years and the press always seemed dead against him.
Kevin Keegan also walked out on England one night in October, 2000, after losing to Germany 1-0 at Wembley in a World Cup qualifying game – he resigned that night.
Alan could cause an international incident if he head-butted a German International these days.
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