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Pardew the favourite? Let`s see

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.




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Writer: Rexn  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 7 2010

Time: 8:47PM

Your Comments

Yet another excellent piece rex, you've stated all the reasons why pardew is a non runner and if he is appointed then ashley has unknown motives as an owner. Which wont be for the good of football
Toon_NoMatterWot
Thanks TNMW. It will be interesting to see who supports Pardew
Rexn
Dear Mike. Please please please DONT appoint Alan Pardew. It will be a huge step back from what we had which seemed to be fine as it was but you saw it differently but appointing Pardew would be your worst decision yet and believe me when i say this, the majority of the fans do not want him in charge of our great football club. Do the right thing for a change and get in someone with a big name who has done well in the premier league like Martin Oneil not someone that has been managing in the third tier most recently. Thanks. Newcastle fan.
El Toro
Im not being disrespectful to the bloke (pardew) but he isnt capable of leading a team with our folklore or history. he has no affinity with the area. he hasn't the experience, the knowledge or qualifications to be here. In a nutshell, a big fat NO!! We want a team that tries, a team to be proud of, a team full of spirit or never say die attitude. oh...hang on... we had that. it just needed a transfer kitty of respectable level to take us to higher ground but ashley has failed and underestimates who has the real power in the city.
Toon_NoMatterWot
No. Not Pardew.
Agent Bramble
Laughable that you have to even consider this. As I pointed out on one of your other posts, Mick McCarthy ticks all the boxes if experience is what the fat moron in charge of your club is looking for. If he loses our next two games then I would say he will be on his bike- and perhaps to a bigger club like Newcastle? I don't mean to take this out on the fans, you appear to be getting a whack of the stick for his firing, it is aimed at the idiot that runs what could be a great club. He is an embarrassment to football. This does make for interesting watching though.
New York City Wolf
Replace CH with Pardew? Farce. Although hardly surprising going on the past form of the current owners. Lies and treating good,professional people with a complete lack of respect seem to go hand in hand in the World of Mike Ashley. This is not some sweatshop who make the rubbish he sells in his bootsale market-esque wharehouses,this is NUFC. Will he ever learn or even care?
steekiebrown
rexn mate, you've just said it all. thanks kidda.
davyjen
McCarthy - Mackem he can ***** himself too.
ken_nufc
Good article Rexn. However ***** off pards we don't want you and I will actually boo you on Saturday when you are introduced to us.
Nufc_Ben
If any club insiders read this forum... I wont be going until ashley's gone, the same as loads of other people i know. So enjoy these last few months as when the season ticket 3 year plans are up, itll be an empty ground. You dont know the power us fans hold, the club is nothing without us and you're not making a mug out of me.
Toon_NoMatterWot
I have nothing against Pardew personally but if he's installed as manager, I'll be looking to shift my season ticket on.
bowburnmag
Pardew just seems not to meet the requirements that Ashley says he wants, mind you if you can sack Robson then no one will ever be good enough , THis will be a massive step backwards, Ashley sell up now before you destroy the club !
g0bgb
 

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