Pardew's Ton Up
Congratulations to Alan Pardew on completing 100 matches as a Premier League manager. ToTT reviews his record.
This major milestone seems to have been missed by the national media, although not of course by talkofthetyne.com. Pardew`s recent media shyness following the closure of the transfer window highlights his own new-found modesty. As Winston Churchill might have put it, Pardew may have "much to be modest about".
His arrival at the top level was with a West Ham team, arguably the best resourced in the 2nd tier. Promotion had been achieved via the lottery of the play offs.
That first top flight season saw a 9th place finish. After a promising start, being in 4th place after 6 games, the Hammers eventually finished in 9th, a highly creditable position.
Having strengthened the squad in the following season, after 3 games his team was again in 4th place. The only way was down, despite the arrivals of Tevez and Mascherano. After 9 games, the team was in the relegation zone, Pardew`s sacking coming shortly before Christmas.
His overall record at West Ham reads:
P55 W19 (35%) D9 (16%) L27 (49%)
Not to be put off by his dismissal, Pardew moved on to Charlton Athletic. He was there for 19 games, taking them down. His 5 wins in 19 matches was not enough to save them from the drop, being sacked again in the following season with Charlton well on their way to the 3rd tier.
His Premier League record at Charlton was:
P19 W5 (26%) D7 (37%) L7 (37%)
With his last game for Charlton being against Liverpool, he started the same way at Newcastle. This time it was Hughton`s squad, selected by Steve Stone which achieved a 3-1 win. Despite a couple of defeats, he swiftly achieved a run of wins, culminating in a win against his former club in their relegation season, a resounding 5-0.
Pardew had arrived as an experienced manager, not all of his Premier League experience being good. Having announced on his arrival that he had a track record of knocking on the owner's door to get cash to strengthen the squad, his window activity catapulted him to the status of being the Newcastle manager with the record transfer surplus.
The sale of Andy Carroll, despite his alleged assurances that Carroll would not be sold, would not be going anywhere, not at any price, at least in that transfer window went, well, out of the window.
Pardew clearly stated that he was making efforts to ensure that other key team members stayed at the club, top score Nolan, player of the season Barton and Jose Enrique. All have had their services dispensed with. The transfer investment last summer was very close to a big fat zero.
His Premier League record was enhanced by more victories against clubs to be relegated. Including this season to date, this record at NUFC reads:
P26 W8 (31%) D11 (42%) L7 (27%)
Some will point to Pardew`s cup success at previous clubs, including an FA Cup final with West Ham and a Johnstone`s Magnolia Paint Pot Victory with Southampton. His record has not quite been the same at Newcastle yet, his first cup outing being a defeat at the hands of the up and coming Stevenage Borough.
Having got his feet under the table, the overall results in normal time (thus excluding a narrow extra time win against Scunthorpe) since the Stevenage defeat works out at:
P23 W5 (22%) D12 (52%) L6 (26%).
Of the permanent mangers in Newcastle United`s history, only Ossie Ardiles has a lower win ratio than that 22%.
There is a long contract ahead of him, during which time it would be hard to imagine his results would not improve. The ton up gives him the experience that Derek Llambias promised after Hughton was unceremoniously sacked.
From those of us on ToTT who have reviewed his Premier League career, we hope that the 100 milestone will be marked with another instalment of the meritorious Pardewsblog. May the next 100 games be a vast improvement.
Overall Premier League record:
P100 W32 D27 L41