Alan Pardew makes shock return to football – & the irony of his new role is absolutely priceless

After a spell in punditry with Sky Sports and a miserable few months in charge of West Brom last season, Alan Pardew has landed himself an unlikely role in football – helping his hometown club Wimbledon find a new manager.

To say this is ironic is an understatement, with Pardew himself having been on the look out for a new job in management ever since he was sacked by the Baggies earlier this year.

The Evening Standard report that he is now involved in an ‘advisory’ role at Wimbledon, helping their search for a new boss. What’s more, ex-Mag Kevin Nolan has now been offered the job – which mustn’t be a coincidence given he was Pardew’s first captain at NUFC.

Quite how Pardew has kept his credibility in tact is beyond me, especially after a miserable end to his spell at Palace was followed by an even more disastrous stint at the Hawthorns.

He is never popular with fan’s of former clubs so it’s laughable he is helping Wimbledon ‘find the right man’.

Rafa Benitez is a different level both on and off the pitch for us, but I fear it will be managers of Pardew’s ilk who would be next up at NUFC if we still have Ashley in charge come next summer.

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About Simon Riddlesden

Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.

2 thoughts on “Alan Pardew makes shock return to football – & the irony of his new role is absolutely priceless

  1. Why do you people continually push Rafa towards the exit.
    For goodness sake, try to embrace him and let the future take care of itself.
    Bloody doom mongers get on my giblets.


  2. OK, got it. You don’t like Pardew. But this piece is just spiteful, and its pettiness is disingenuous and embarrassing.

    Where, exactly, is the ‘irony’ in a very experienced high level manager (which he unquestionably is, regardless of how successful he may or may not have been) giving his professional opinion to his home town League 1 team (he was born in, and still lives near, Wimbledon), especially when he was asked by them to assist for a few hours and he’s doing it without a charging a fee? Seems like a pretty decent thing, all round, to help out a small, local fan-owned club. Wimbledon can choose to take his advice or ignore it as they wish. The fact he may well be looking for a job himself at Premiership or Championship level is, well…just totally irrelevant here.

    Please be honest; there is no actual”irony” to laugh at here, is there? You’re just scrabbling around for anything you reckon you can kick him with, and it shows.


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