Date:Tuesday December 7 2010
One day on from Hughton`s sacking, Pardew is the odds on bookies` choice. Is he the man for the job?
Ashley`s latest move is to sack another manager who has become popular on the terraces. The reason given in the club`s official statement is that ""an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward".
What Hughton achieved was the highest win ratio and lowest loss ratio of any permanent manager in Newcastle history, has the highest transfer surplus, is the first to go through a season unbeaten in all competitions at home, has developed a home grown talent into an England shirt (the first since Keegan) as well as two other teenage internationals, been the first manager to obtain promotion in the first season after relegation
Quite why Pardew has become the favourite raises interesting questions. The obvious starting point is that he is available.
It may be worth looking at Hughton`s experience. He learned his trade as a number 2. The managers he worked for might be considered the type that he would not learn much from, some of who managed their country; Terry Venables, Glenn Hoddle, Kevin Keegan and Brian Kerr.
Other club managers he worked under were World Cup winning player Ardiles, former England captain Gerry Francis, former Swiss national manager, Gross, French manager Santini, as well as martin Jol. As a player, he featured under double winning manager Terry Neill as well as the legendary Keith Burkinshaw. Not much to learn off there then!
Pardew`s mentors did include Steve Coppell, Lennie Lawrence, Alan Curbishley and Terry Bullivant. His mentors at Yeovil and Barnet are harder to track down.
Perhaps that is unfair on Pardew. A better comparison might be made with his promotion records. He failed to get up to the top flight with his first club, Reading.although he did get to the 2nd tier.
With West Ham, the first attempt was met with a play off final defeat, with finally a play off success taking them up at the Hammers` second, his third attempt. Finally he had two efforts with Charlton, the first time finishing 11th and the 2nd season, he was sacked with his club in the relegation spots.
The less experienced Hughton has had only one Championship campaign, unbeaten at home with a record number of clean sheets and over 100 points, going up as champions. Pardew wins this one, 4 campaigns to 1 with a 25% success rate compared to Hughton`s 100%.
Pardew has been in charge of more Premier League games. His first season alone saw him experience 1 more game than Hughton before being dismissed by West Ham. With that 1 more game, West Ham were 5 points and 4 defeats worse off, being in a relegation place. He did extend his experience with Charlton, who he took down.
So there we have it, a more experienced manger than Hughton. Pardew has seen more relegations, more failed promotion attempts, and all together a far greater achievement of mediocrity than Hughtom has managed in his short management career.
Ashley is remembered for not checking the financial records of Newcastle United before buying the club. If Pardew genuinely is the favourite, it will be because Ashley has not checked his records either.
Date:Tuesday December 7 2010
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