Pardew? Why?
By Paul Marsden
Thursday 06 Jan 2011 09:13:00
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Since the last addition to my blog there has been some questionable goings on at St James, Alan Pardew was an early favourite for, and not surprisingly has been given the manager’s job at our fantastic yet somewhat strangely run club. I’ve said it before but what does this guy have over our trusty Chris Hughton? Experience? Only of relegation.  Success? Less than average.  Style of play? Could well be a bonus.  I have nothing at all against Mr Pardew. If Hughton had made a mess of things or had been poached by bigger better ran clubs then I may have been in agreement that Pardew was somewhere around our level and a not to bad acquisition, but to replace Chris for no apparent reason just makes no sense.  There is not a single good argument for bringing Pardew in ahead of a successful, in form and well rounded guy like Hughton.  Can I see results improving? Not really, Pardew is on a level par with Hughton at best.  We were steadily improving under Chris, nothing major, but we were organised, we were a team and the lads on the pitch were working for our shirt.  At best this will continue under Pardew.  I hope that I am wrong and that at some point during this ludicrous five and a half year contract he has been given we turn the corner and once again compete somewhere near the top end of the league.  I can’t see this though, doesn’t matter who the manager is.  Under the current regime I just don’t see any way we are going to make that leap.  Once again though, I am open to be proved completely wrong. One plus side I think to Pardew is the way that he likes his football played.  Despite being rather unsuccessful with it at the likes of West Ham and Charlton I do like how he sets out.  He has an eye for a footballer and aims to have the game played in the right way.  He just needs to suss out how to do this and win.  It should be a fun watch.

A five and a half year deal for any manager in this day and age is just ridiculous!

 Steven Taylor has made a U-turn and decided to stay, and all seems well on that front.  Another true example of a badly managed and badly represented young man.  For me this is the best outcome for both club and player as we would struggle to make any cash off a sale at this time and to be honest we would struggle to replace him with any cash we would receive.  He is a good pro, still a young lad and needs to be guided in the right direction.  It’s great to have him back from injury and to have him back on side.  I’ve no doubt he will regain his top form sometime pretty soon.  He so has a job to do in an England shirt one day.

Pardews arrival and Taylors return so far hasn’t really changed much.  Results have carried on in a similar manner with wins at the scary (for us anyway) DW and at home to Liverpool to run alongside defeats to both city at home and spurs away.  In all honesty, nothing has changed.  Performances were that of Chris Hughtons side.  Of course Mr Pardew is going to take a little while to get his claws into the squad.  Whether he is aloud or not is a whole new argument.

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