Alan Pardew has been interviewed in the Guardian today on what he is trying to accomplish at Crystal Palace, where he was given more control than he ever had at Newcastle in the four years he managed on Tyneside.
But he keeps getting little digs in at Newcastle, which are unnecessary – and we have to remember that Newcastle will be the biggest club Alan will ever manages in his career.
Alan Pardew while at Newcastle from December 2010 – December 2014
While Alan did very well in the 2011-2012 season when we did great and finished 5th top – we were fighting relegation most of the rest of the time and Alan finally left the club in late 2014.
After Pardew left we didn’t do too much better and we were relegated last season under the very woeful Steve McClaren who got 24 points from 28 games before he was fired and Rafa Benitez came in.
Alan Pardew has talked about the possibility of managing England and this is what he had to say:
“When people ask me about England – well, if I was still at Newcastle, I’d be pretty keen on that England job.” (ouch!!!)
“But, with all this here at Palace, I’m left thinking: ‘Why would I really want to leave this club now?’”
“Obviously I’d like to win trophies, and that’s very difficult even if we did come ever so close last season.”
“But that isn’t the only way to measure success. Success can be a legacy. Maybe I can create one here.”
“So that one day, people look back and say: ‘When Pardew was there that was a great period for the club.’”
The two best things owner Mike Ashley has ever done at Newcastle were both this year – first of all he appointed world-class Rafa Benitez as manager and persuaded him to stay on even when we were relegated last season.
The second thing he did was to give Rafa full control of all football matters at the club and he has stayed out of the way and in the background as Managing Director Lee Charnley runs the club with Rafa.
That new role that Mike Ashley has at Newcastle – he’s basically not involved in the running of the club – is starting to pay off big time with Newcastle top of the Championship and averaging over 50,000 home gates at St. James’ Park.
It’s a strange thing to say, but if Mike Ashley continues to stay in the background he could become one of the most successful owners in the Premier League in a couple of years time.
That’s because Rafa has big plans and ambitions for the sleeping giant called Newcastle United and he wants to win trophies – which is the main reason he stayed on at the club.
We hope that’s exactly what happens.