Alan Pardew has gifted us with a quote that is certain to live long in the memory. It’s almost too good to be true.
The former Toon boss has just parted company with Dutch side ADO Den Haag by mutual consent, after his rapidly failing attempt to save them from relegation was curtailed when the Eredivise was temporarily, then indefinitely cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic.
He won 1 game in 8 at The Hague based club, who are/were 7 points adrift from safety at the time Dutch football was cancelled.
He’s been speaking to Sky Sports News about his experiences in Holland and it’s classic Pardew. Arrogant and deluded, and the pick of the quotes is surely what he had to say about his players and a general view of Dutch footballers:
“They are needy in terms of wanting to know exactly what the game plan is, what their role is, that information.”
Well it seems there is some validity to employing forward thinking young coaches, and thinking the British merry go round of managers who earn more from being sacked than from working are past it. My goodness.
It’s almost hard to believe that we enjoyed our best Premier League season under Mike Ashley’s tenure while Pardew was at the helm. 5th place. And he won manager of the year. Can you even fathom it now?
After he left us he was a failure at both Palace (after a decent start) and WBA, and his time in Holland was also marred by ADO’s ultra’s storming a training session and trying to take control of the tactics board. Both our club and he are miles away from that 5th place now, but one is about to start a journey back, Pardew on the other hand..
For a bloke who’s won THREE of his last 37 games in management, he isn’t half arrogant.