Alan Pardew was under enormous pressure a number of times when he was Newcastle United manager and we always thought his biggest asset was that he was so tough mentally and also so single-minded.
And if you are a Premier League manager these days there’s no room for weaklings in the mental health area – that’s for sure.
It’s a gruesome job and even tougher at an iconic club like (the famous) Newcastle United and we haven’t done well for over three years now and we’ve been pretty hopeless since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked back in 2004 for only finishing in 5th place.
Freddy Shepherd will never live that down.
Alan Pardew – while on Tyneside
Steve McClaren is under intense pressure and scrutiny after gaining only 10 points in our first 14 games and he’s managed the last two games which have been two of the worst performances from a Newcastle side we’ve seen in a very long time.
Pardew has been asked if he has any sympathy for Steve given it was such a one-sided game on Saturday (we were completely outclassed by Palace):
“No I don’t. I’d rather just talk about my team because my team were terrific.”
“I’ve been in Steve’s position and it’s a tough, tough role. “But he’s tough enough to be able to deal with it.”
“And for Newcastle, it’s just about what we did on Monday against Sunderland, try to bounce back for next week – that’s all you can focus on.”
There’s going to be tremendous pressure on any manager whose team is in the relegation zone these days in the Premier League and with TV rights money only increasing – it will only get worse – meaning even more pressure on managers.
Starting in June there is a £5.1B package that kicks in for the next three years – much bigger than the current £3.0B deal.
Who would want to be a Premier League manager these days?
On the positive side they do get paid some big money – which is not surprising – and we suppose that can go towards the costs of psychological counseling – which they will probably need at some point in their management careers.
Is it all worth it for PL managers?
That’s a very good question and money isn’t everything.