Alan Pardew has been out of management now for about almost six months after he was fired by his last club Crystal Palace just before Christmas last year after losing a lot of games.
And in an interview he has given to Sky Sports he says he’s ready to return to football management.
As it happens there are two current vacancies at two of Alan’s former clubs – Swansea and Crystal Palace , but he is unlikely to be considered for either position.
55 year-old former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew
Sam Allardyce came in to replace Alan at Palace and rescued the club with some good management but then surprised everybody at the end of the season by leaving and even indicating that it could be last management job.
We’d be surprised if that’s the case.
With Alan Pardew he will get some job offers once the Premier League and Championship once they start up and the clubs doing poorly start to fire their manager; Pardew just has to hope he gets a good opportunity maybe before Christmas this year or even sooner than that.
He has been complimentary to Newcastle United since he left the club in early 2015 and we already knew he is full of admiration for Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans.
This is some of what Alan said to Sky Sports:
“In Rafa Benitez they’ve got a very experienced manager. He knows the world market so you’d like to think he’ll do well in the transfers.”
“For the fans, it’s where they belong. They don’t belong anywhere else.”
“They got out of it last year and managed to win it right at the end which was brilliant.”
“They need that momentum now to carry into the Premier League. I think they will do well.”
One thing we like about Alan is he’s not scared to be on the front lines and manage clubs and he hasn’t taken the reasonably easy path of becoming a football pundit.
Pundits get to severely criticize managers when often they have had no experience themselves of the job or have been in a management job and not done well.
It’s very tough being a manager on the front lines in England these days, with the big money putting real pressure on managers to win, win and win some more.
What do you think?