Can Alan Pardew turn things around?

Beyond repair?
Beyond repair?
It seems that the dust has settled somewhat after the news broke that Alan Pardew was to stay on as our manager.

Many faint hopes and dreams of a new top draw manager have been quickly dispelled and the reality of another season under Pardews’ stewardship looms large.

So I thought I would look at his history as a manager to see if there are any signs of life for our forthcoming season. Detailed below (click image to enlarge) is a table containing his managerial history, and as you can see, since late 1999 Pardew has been in charge of five clubs with Reading taking the honours for the longest tenure with him as manager.

Alan Pardew managerial stats

It is hard to say if five clubs in thirteen years is a lot or very little. The way clubs hire and fire managers now days, you could almost say he is quite a settled manager. For example, Rafa Benitez has been in charge of six clubs over roughly the same period.

What I really want to look at are the common traits and factors in Pardews’ career to see if there is a pattern that will give an idea as to how we will do going into next season.

While at Reading Pardew had quite a good run, which led him to catch the attention of the West Ham United. Resigning from Reading to force the move to West Ham, it would be the last time Pardew really had a say in when his time at a club was over. Pardew started slowly at West ham and they failed to get promoted due to a play-off final defeat to Crystal Palace.

After struggling early the following season, Pardew finally managed to guide West Ham back to the top flight. Then he took them to a respectable 9th place and a FA cup final which they lost. It was his third season in charge where all the problems began and Pardew was dismissed after the worst run of results in 70 years.

After two solid stints at Reading and West Ham, Pardew struggled to hold down the top jobs at Southampton and Charlton Athletic for any real length of time. At Charlton, Pardew had very little success and it ended with the crowd turning against him after a terrible run of form on the park. Apparently Pardew and the club parted company by mutual consent?

Although he did well at Southampton on the park, it appears that his relationships off the park with the clubs staff and owners were not so good. Pardew was dismissed by the club due to these issues.

Pardew was not out of work for very long and only a few months later he landed the top job at Newcastle United. After taking over from Chris Hughton mid-season he has guided Newcastle to an impressive 5th place finish in his first full year and a disappointing 16th place finish the next.

So where does that leave us for this season?

One thing that stands out to me is that Pardew is susceptible to runs of really poor form from his teams. Reading aside, his teams have really run hot and cold. Until now, the owners of his past clubs have pulled the trigger and removed Pardew when this has happened. So Pardew is sailing into uncharted waters this coming season. At Southampton, he had the team up and about but due to his short tenure, it is really hard to say if he could have maintained that run of form.

The other trend is that he starts strongly at a new club and eventually falls away. For example, Pardew had 16 wins – 7 draws and 15 losses for 55 points in the 05/06 season. Then West Ham only managed 41 points the following season in which he was sacked in December. Apart from the sacking it really does sound kind of familiar doesn’t it!

So really for the first time in his career, Pardew has a chance to turn his team’s fortunes around after a poor run of results. This is not the same as taking over a new team and giving them a fresh shot of enthusiasm, this is about trying to right a bad situation that he has had a hand in creating. However, nowhere in his managerial history does it suggest that given time, he will come good and turn the clubs fortunes around.

To his credit, Pardew has stated that he has learnt a lot from this season and he is looking for extra coaching staff! I think some fresh coaching ideas are critical going forward. Pardew needs another voice to help guide him; his current coaches have served him well but will offer nothing new tactically.

The other issue is the balance of our team. For too long we have simply gotten by with a thread bare squad and we have not strengthened the areas that needed strengthening. If we can sort out our positional weaknesses and add some player quality to our ranks, there is a chance that Pardew may get things right.

To me this is a hard one to get my head around. History shows that over time Pardew has failed to sustain a level of success on the park that fans can accept. But it is all history as we enter a new season and given the right support from Mike Ashley and Derek Lambias, who knows what will happen.

So what do you think, can Pardew turn things around and make next season a successful one?

Aussie Magpie Fan

433 thoughts on “Can Alan Pardew turn things around?

  1. I’d probably feel more satisfied growing my own vegetables, planting them as seeds, nurturing them, caring for and feeding them until they were ready…but fuck that, I’d rather splash the cash and buy the fuckers already to use. Man Citeh fans wouldn’t have celebrated their title (at the time) any the more if they’d been home grown or hadn’t spent zillions imo. If it wasn’t for the sudden influx of cash we’d only have ever had 2 winners of the premier league instead of 5(yep I include Blackburn in the teams who’ve “bought” the title) so from that point of view, mega rich owners have made it a bit more competitive at the top. I just want to see my team win something, or at least compete and I’m not really arsed how that’s achieved 😉

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  2. TLR….Pards’ problem was that he was shit scared to try owt different or adventurous, hence out of form players weren’t dropped, tactics were defensive and therefore young un’s were never going to be given a fair chance even if they were good enough.

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  3. Richie @ 376 I agree there is nowt like home grown produce but if you don’t have the tools and feed then you have to go out and buy the produce or starve

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  4. Aye Dave, if everyone else “grew their own” then fair enough but the only way anyone can break Man Utd’s strangle hold now is to spend spend spend… that may change a little with Fergie retiring but maybe not.

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  5. Somebody mentioned Altidore from AZ Alkmaar earlier on. Not that I think there’s anything in the story, but I’d like to see him come in. He had a year at Hull and played pretty well for them, but he’s improved a lot over the last two seasons. And he’d draw some more fans from the US of A, of course.

    Here’s a bit of his work–some really good goals, especially the first one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWDWeXg4nQY

    And he scored this one against Germany (and set up another, if memory serves) in a friendly yesterday. Sweet goal:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7yn7LSufUE

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  6. Fans ,Yeah it was Sharpy , I know you been singing the lads praises for yonks now. I told Sharpy that I had seen a piece linking him with Villa about 2 weeks ago .

    Dave & Richie ,lets not get into vegetables ,not with Parsnip managing us 🙄 😳 😉

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  7. Andy @383 ,I will be sad to see him go as he’s really come on after a shaky start and is pretty versatile for us.

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  8. MM 😆

    Aye Kim, it’ll be a turnip for the books if we win out with him, maybe big mike will dangle a big carrot if he does well, it’s about thyme we won something but I think we get beet to often for that to change, we just don’t pay a big enough celery to attract the top players, but lettuce not get to downhearted and see what to marrow brings, you never know, Pards may turn out to be mint 😉 ….I’m done 😆

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  9. yeah, Kim, I don’t actually see it happening, but he kind of fits the bill:

    Young, cheap, strong, quick, improving a lot and wants to prove himself and scored lots of goals in his last two seasons in a weaker league. Seems like a good candidate, but would be very surprised if it did.

    I honestly don’t know if he could hack it, but he seems like he could play alongside Cisse well–Cisse’s more of the intuitive finisher and Jozy can hold up the ball well, connect with others and score too.

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  10. He’s only 23 too, so he’s got another year or two of growing in him.

    39 goals in 67 appearances for AZ in the last two seasons… pretty damn good return.

    He scored the winning goal for them in the cup final too.

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  11. Dave ,It weren’t that sort of dream 😯 ,to be fair he was digging a hole in my flower border 👿 how I wish he’d jumped in then I could of buried the get 😈 .

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  12. Kim…Pards “de-flowered” you in a dream 😯 😯 …and on that note I’m outta here 😉

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  13. Troy Stavers
    June 3, 2013 at 16:48

    @Aussie

    I’m no expert on the subject but… 😆 😆 😆

    Finally, Troy says something I agree with :mrgreen: 😆

    Troy if the debt belongs to the sugar daddy owner, who’s to say he doesn’t just write it off as a bad loss and look to sell the club. the SD owner can simply stop injecting his own money and let the club flounder.. To me this would not be a big stretch, as soon as the Arabs have finished with their Man City play thing, near on every player will have to be sold because of the high wage bill… If they do not run the club in a sustainable way, they will eventually get sick of throwing money at it and move onto something new.. and what you have left is a mess that used to be a proud club!

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  14. I thought that Richies’ post @ 386 made him look like a bit of a dill. 😎

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  15. Sharpy 😛 thanks for all your help mate! You really kept things ticking over during the tough times! 😆

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  16. @aussie

    If you had evidence of Arabs doing that to other sporting clubs then I would agree. But you are just basing it on nothing.

    Therefore I win ;-). Again. 🙂

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  17. Troy, I used the Arabs as an example of what could happen.. it could be roman as well.. don’t split hairs sunshine.. 😉
    Anyway, when owners go bad…

    On 23 November 2011, a Europe-wide arrest warrant was issued for owner of Portsmouth, Vladimir Aleksandrovich Antonov, by Lithuanian prosecutors as part of an investigation into alleged asset stripping at Lithuanian bank Bankas Snoras, which is 68% owned by Antonov and had gone into temporary administration the previous week. Operations in another of Antonov’s banks, Latvijas Krajbanka were suspended by Latvian authorities on 22 November 2011 for similar reasons.[44] Antonov was subsequently arrested at his offices in London on 24 November and was bailed.[45]

    Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI) released a statement which said “In the light of the recent events at Snoras Bank, Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI) would like to reassure its companies, staff, and the fans of its teams and events, that it remains very much business as usual.” The statement added that “CSI has been solely financed through the private wealth of its owners. Snoras Bank has never provided funding for the purchase of a CSI organisation, nor has it lent any money to these businesses after they have been acquired.”[46] However, Lithuanian prosecutors added that they would be taking “all the necessary steps” to freeze assets belonging to Mr Antonov and his business partner.[45] On 29 November 2011, Antonov resigned as chairman of Portsmouth after parent company Convers Sports Initiatives entered administration.[47] On 24 January 2012, Portsmouth were issued with a winding up petition by HMRC for over £1.6 million in unpaid taxes, which was heard on 20 February.[48]

    On 17 February, Portsmouth went into administration for the second time in two years, bringing them an automatic 10-point deduction.[49][50] Administrator Trevor Birch admitted that the financial situation was “worse than we first feared” and that Portsmouth were “struggling to make the end of the season”.[51] On 11 April 2012, reports from administrators PKF revealed that Portsmouth owed £58 million debt with £38 million is owed to UHY Hacker Young, £10.5 million investment made by Vladimir Antonov’s Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI) remains outstanding, Players are due £3.5 million in wages and bonuses for the last two seasons, while £2.3 million is owed to Revenue and Customs and additionally, £3.7 million is owed for general trade.[52] On 21 April Portsmouth were relegated from the Championship after a 2–1 loss to Derby County, condemning Portsmouth to League One – the first time in 30 years that the club has played at that level.

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  18. wow, no apology from Troy yet 😯 … no doubt he will duck and weave and try and change the subject now that he has been proven wrong.. 😆 😆

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  19. “Angry Ando” would have typed it quicker and with more finesse 😉 …off topic slightly, but I hate IE8 👿

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  20. Richie 😯
    Angry Ando? That guy is a tosser 😉

    I run Firefox mate, it is much better… I also have adbock plus running with it so I don’t get lots of porno adds 😕 (hmm I must review whether it still worth while having it :mrgreen: )

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  21. 😆 I don’t get any ads either,dunno what I use as my IT dept sorts that out(wor lass), it’s a new laptop so still getting used to it,have an app on it to make IE8 look like IE7(go figure), wasn’t keen on firefox in the past but may give it another go.

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  22. I hope the laptop is crumb and lager proof. 😯 I can only imagine how much food debris and beer rains down upon the it when you are on line 😆 😆

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  23. Big Dave is right Richie… He is the master bullier on this blog, so he would know.. 😆 😆
    I’m surprised he hasn’t banned himself :mrgreen:

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  24. Dave…He can’t stop as he uses it to cover up his own insecurities and inadequacies…and he’s stuck with all those unfortunately 😉

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  25. 🙄 😥 for the record I’ve actually learned to live them and take them out on other people 🙁 😥

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  26. So Aussie you do realise that most of the emails you send Toonsy that start with can you ban ???? He is bullying me get put in the spam bin

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  27. Richie your right mate, it must be hard on him feeling so insecure, and as you say we are here for him to try to help him along and get over it.
    But I think we have a lot of work to get him over it, he should start by removing all the mirrors in the house

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  28. Thanks for the support Rich and Dave 🙂 who needs enemies eh! 🙂 🙂

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  29. Well what a wonderful debate we’re having this morning. Must be your missus Aussie. Get her to do another one so we can all sleep through June.

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  30. Well this is great. I just got up with a stinking hangover and thought the day couldn’t get any worse. Then I remember I have to read the toon news and reality kicks in again that we are never gonna buy any exciting players. NEVER.
    The best we can expect is 3 months of wheeling and dealing to get an average players price down from £1.5m to £1.2m. Then we can be proud of what the toon have done.
    But as long as the books are balanced I suppose we can all be happy.

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  31. Hexham you’re so pessimistic. I guess that’s what being a toon fan currently brings. I’m not buying these rumours re Hughes, Pearce etc. If they’re only looking at 2 new first teamers I reckon Ashley might just surprise us. £30m spent – I wouldn’t be surprised.

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  32. Woo hoo hoo hoo 😆

    @Aussie

    So you now use the corrupt Pompey owner to justify your argument against a super rich oil baron and one of the richest shiekhs in the world.

    Come on fella you need to work harder than that if you want beat Troy. 😆 😆

    Troy 2-0 Aussie 😛

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  33. @The Hexham Strangler

    Are your ears not ringing? When I go to gigs at the academy I literally can’t hear anything but ringing until at least tea time the next day.

    Was it a good night and did you sell your ticket?

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  34. @The Hexham Strangler

    But at least we are a god honest club and we are doing it the right way to achieve mediocrity. 😯

    Can you imagine how hollow you would feel if the Toon won the title on the back of an ambitious owner. It would be dreadful. 😛

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  35. Poor Troy, he has fallen so far… he aks for evidence, gets it, then dismisses it because he is found to be wrong.. as B A Baracus would say ‘ I pity the fool ‘
    Now watch him dodge and weave as he battles with the truth 🙂 🙂 it doesn’t sit well with him. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Hexham, you don’t have to read the news, no one is forcing you to read it mate. Have the morning off and cheer yourself up a bit. 🙂 🙂

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  36. @ Aussie

    Quit your jibba Jabba ! 😆
    Gets some nuts! 😛

    @Toonsy

    Can you keep this thread going for the next 6 weeks to see if Aussie can break the 435 mark. 😆

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  37. i dont know whats going on with transferes so far. its all speculation with ba and carole. as long as ashley is at this club we will miss out on good players. he doesn’t want to spend and will deliberately make a small bid and say i tried to sign him but deep down he has no intention of signing the player. ashley wants a manager he can walk all over and pardrew is his top dog when it comes to that. its the fans that suffer, while ashley pockets the cash! your five year plan hasn’t worked, what are you going to do know! i wish we had bobby back r.i.p

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