English football turned into a game of two halves yesterday when Harry Redknapp was acquitted of all charges against him involving tax evasion.
Later that evening the resignation of Fabio Capello was announced, leaving English international football in a state of disarray.
Harry Redknapp has long been touted as a replacement for Fabio Capello, but recently Alan Pardew has emerged as a potential candidate for the England job. However with the vacancy now confirmed, Pardew spoke earlier today and ruled himself out of the running for the next England manager.
Magpie supporters can breathe a huge sigh of relief at this news as Pardew has done a tremendous job at Newcastle United and has seen this seasons campaign go from strength to strength.
Pardew spoke to reporters and said: “Firstly, as an Englishman, I’m proud to be in that sort of frame, but it’s not for me and I’ll make that quite clear, I’m not even in the running as far as I’m concerned.”
He added “I do want it to go to an Englishman, just on a personal level,” Pardew said. “That’s important this time. I really, really hope Harry and Spurs and everybody sorts themselves out and can do it in a manner that it works for everybody.”
With the upcoming fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening, this may be the perfect time to face the London club with rumours surfacing in regards to the future of their manager, Harry Redknapp. Pardew will hope to employ his best team against a Spurs side who sit third in the table. A victory over them would place more distance between us and Arsenal and Liverpool respectively.
The fixture will be one of interesting prospects, both teams have upset the balance of the top teams this season and have shown that the traditional top teams can be broken up by teams such as Tottenham and Newcastle.
There is no doubt that this will be a tough test for Alan Pardew’s side, the corresponding fixture at St. James’ Park earlier on in the season saw a 2-2 draw between the sides. With the likes of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in the ranks of the Newcastle team, Newcastle have a much more menacing attack threat than they did last time.
The game is broadcast live on ESPN with a 17:30 kick off and certainly looks to be a very exciting fixture in prospect.