Alan Pardew wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea when he replaced the sacked Chris Hughton at Newcastle. Some fans still aren’t overly convinced that Alan is the man to take Newcastle United forward.
Alan arrived with a massive job on his hands as the majority of Newcastle fans were happy with the job Chris was doing at the club. Pardew knew that he had to win the fans over and to justify Mike Ashley’s reasons for replacing Hughton.
We have had the Pardew vs Hughton debate before and people’s opinions differ. I think in capability the men are about on par to be honest. Alan maybe edges Chris in terms of experience, but I think most will agree that Chris is an up and coming manager with a lot of potential.
I’m not writing to discuss the comparisons and the abilities of Chris and Alan, as I say we have touched upon that on many occasions. Alan’s management capabilities aside is there a reason Mike Ashley made Pardew his first choice to replace Hughton?
I was reading an article from today’s News of the World earlier. Don’t get me wrong it’s certainly not a newspaper I trust or choose to believe, but the gist of the story made me think. It’s in regards to Kevin Nolan’s move to West Ham, with a source close to Kevin revealing how disappointed Nolan was that Pardew didn’t try harder to keep him at the club.
This is what a source close to the player told the Sunday paper in full:
“Kevin is disappointed with Alan Pardew. Kevin is especially disappointed because he made a point of supporting the manager when he first arrived at Newcastle.”
“He thinks Pardew paid lip-service to keeping him at Newcastle. He feels let down and he’s furious with his former manager. Kev expected him to try harder to keep him at the club during contract talks.”
“The incentives they wanted put in Kev’s contract were all about how high up the league table Newcastle finished. They are managers’ clauses, not players’. If they’d wanted him to be manager, they should have given him the job.”
“It was a very difficult time for Alan Pardew to take over and the support of the club captain was crucial. He needed Kevin Nolan on board and Kevin made sure the dressing room moved forward with the new manager.”
“When the crunch came, the manager did not reciprocate the support and that was very disappointing. Kevin was a big character who helped him settle in and that was forgotten.”
Interesting stuff and whether these quotes are accurate or not, it raises an excellent point and it’s something that crossed my mind from the start in truth.
It seems strange that Pards was happy to let the player leave, this being a player that Alan stated on several occasions as being a player who’s contract was a priority. Alan also couldn’t understand why his Captain wasn’t included in the England squad and went on record to question Nolan’s exclusion.
It makes me wonder whether Alan was consulted about the transfer or whether he was just told that Kevin was being sold? Much like the Andy Carroll situation. Alan assured the fans that Andy wouldn’t be sold in January. Well…. come the 1st of February Pardew was made to look a bit silly on that front as Carroll was indeed sold on deadline day to Liverpool.
We all know the Carroll situation was a bit murky, a lot was said from both sides following the transfer. But despite the big bids that eventually led to the transfer request did Alan ever really get a say in that situation? Same can be asked in regards to Nolan’s transfer.
Is Pardew just doing as he’s told? Chris was often branded as a ‘yes’ man during his time at the club, if that was the case do you believe Pardew falls under the same category? Is Alan happy to go with the flow? I know if I was manager of a football club I’d demand to be consulted on such big decisions.
Maybe Pardew did authorise both the Nolan and Carroll transfers, it just seems strange that he was adamant on both players staying at the club proir to both being sold. Of course in the end money talks in Andy’s case and contract talks break down in Kevin’s case, but were there any real attempts by the manager to resolve the issues? Obviously a lot goes on behind the scenes at a football club and we don’t know the half of it.
I would just like to think as manager Alan would stand up for what he believes in and wouldn’t be afraid to be vocal if he didn’t agree with in comings or out goings. As manager you want full control and the respect and trust to do it your own way.
What do you think? Is Alan Pardew just a ‘yes’ man?