Pardew in 2012
|Full name||Alan Scott Pardew|
|Date of birth||18 July 1961|
|Place of birth||Wimbledon, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Current club||Newcastle United (manager)|
|1981–1983||Epsom & Ewell||45||(1)|
|2003–2006||West Ham United|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
His highest achievements in the sport include reaching the FA Cup Final twice, as a player with Crystal Palace in 1990 and as a manager with West Ham United in 2006, though he ended up on the losing side both times. He has also achieved promotion three times in his career, as a player with Crystal Palace and as a manager with Reading and West Ham.
As manager of Newcastle, he won both the Premier League Manager of the Season and the LMA Manager of the Year awards for the 2011–12 season after guiding the Magpies to European football for the first time since the club's return to the Premier League.
Pardew started his career as a part-time player in non-League football at Whyteleafe and Epsom & Ewell, whilst working as a glazier and a cab driver. He grew up as a Fulham fan and at one stage he gave up football for six months whilst working in the Middle East, but he returned to football at Corinthian Casuals before later having spells at Dulwich Hamlet and Yeovil Town. Pardew was also in the England Semi-Professional squad during this time.
Pardew moved to Football League Second Division side Crystal Palace in 1987 for a fee of £7,500. In 1989, he helped Palace win promotion to the First Division after beating Blackburn Rovers in the play-offs. The following year, in 1990, he scored the winning goal as Palace memorably beat Liverpool 4–3 after extra-time in a thrilling FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park. He then played in both the final and the final replay as Palace lost to Manchester United.
Pardew moved to Charlton Athletic in November 1991, and was Charlton's top scorer in the 1992–93 season with ten goals. In 1995, Pardew appeared four times on loan at Tottenham Hotspur in the 1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup. He played in the team who suffered the embarrassment of being involved in Spurs' record defeat in the history of the club, when they lost 8–0 away to German side 1. FC Köln. Spurs had fielded a team made up of reserves and loanees, including Pardew, for their final group game in Cologne.
After rejecting an opportunity to play in Hong Kong, Pardew then moved to Barnet, and became a player-coach under manager Terry Bullivant. When Bullivant moved to Reading in 1997, he took Pardew with him as reserve-team manager.
At international level Pardew was a member of the England Semi-Professional squad during his time in the English non league playing for Dulwich Hamlet and Yeovil Town.
Pardew's first experience as manager came in March 1998 when he was appointed as caretaker after the departure of Bullivant. After the appointment of Tommy Burns he remained as reserve team manager until the end of the 1998–99 season, when Reading disbanded their reserve team. Nevertheless, he was promoted to manager of the club after a successful spell as caretaker in 1999. He turned the club around from relegation fighters to promotion candidates through players, such as Jamie Cureton, and his régime to increase the fitness of the squad. Pardew also coined his motto "Tenacity, Spirit and Flair" to give his side a psychological edge.
Pardew's Reading side lost 3–2 to Walsall in a Division Two playoff final at the end of the 2000–01 season, but this was redeemed the next season as the club achieved automatic promotion to Division One. Pardew's first season in the higher division was impressive, as the club finished fourth. They lost in the play-offs once again, this time to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Pardew was starting to gain a reputation as one of the game's best up and coming young managers.
Early into the 2003–04 season, West Ham United asked Reading permission to appoint Pardew as their new manager. Although Reading refused permission, Pardew resigned from his position forcing the issue. Eventually, a compromise agreement was reached allowing Pardew to become manager at West Ham.
Pardew's first season at West Ham resulted in a play-off final defeat to his former club Crystal Palace. In the 2004–05 season West Ham struggled to find promotion form, with Pardew coming under pressure from the club's supporters. West Ham eventually succeeded in gaining promotion to the Premier League after defeating Preston North End in the play-off final. Pardew guided the Hammers to ninth place in the Premier League in the 2005–06 season, which culminated in an appearance in the final of the FA Cup. After drawing 3–3 with Liverpool at the end of extra-time, West Ham lost on penalties, resulting in the second FA Cup Final defeat of Pardew's career.
In the 2006–07 season, Pardew was criticised after seeing West Ham through their worst run of defeats in over 70 years which included an exit from the UEFA Cup to Palermo in the very first round and a League Cup defeat to Chesterfield. West Ham's new owners stated their support for Pardew, but on 11 December 2006, following a 4–0 defeat away at Bolton Wanderers the previous weekend, it was announced that Pardew had been sacked by West Ham. The club statement read: "The chairman Mr Eggert Magnússon and the board have been concerned by the performances of recent weeks and feel that it is the right time to make a change in the best interests of the club."
Pardew's absence from management lasted less than two weeks when he was appointed manager of Charlton Athletic on Christmas Eve 2006, signing a three-and-a-half year contract. He took over with Charlton in 19th place in the Premier League, with just 12 points and a –20 goal difference, the lowest in the league. Although Charlton's form improved under Pardew, he was unable to keep Charlton up, resulting in the first relegation of his career, both as a player and manager.
Many expected Charlton to bounce back from relegation into the Premier League with signings such as Chris Iwelumo and Luke Varney in the 2007–08 season. But Charlton failed to mount a serious promotion challenge and finished the season in 11th. This put Pardew under pressure going into the 2008–09 season but Charlton started the season off well with victories over Reading and Swansea. However, Charlton's form very quickly deteriorated and they were near the foot of the table after 8 games without a win. After an inept display in a 5–2 home defeat to Sheffield United hundreds of supporters remained for more than an hour to condemn their manager, chanting, "We want Pardew out" and "We want our club back" after Charlton had slipped into the Championship's bottom three. On 22 November 2008, Pardew parted company with Charlton by mutual consent.
Pardew was named the new manager of Southampton in the early hours of 17 July 2009, after the new owner Markus Liebherr had taken over the club and sacked Mark Wotte a day after completing the deal to save The Saints. Pardew's first signing for the club was Dan Harding who signed on a free transfer after being released by Ipswich Town. His first league match in charge was against Millwall on 8 August, which ended in a 1–1 draw. He brought many new signings to the club including notable League One strikers Rickie Lambert and Lee Barnard, the first of which cost more than £1 million. Pardew led his side up the League One table and despite their 10 point deduction, their challenge for a playoff place was kept alive until there were just two league games remaining.
Pardew led Southampton to the 2010 Football League Trophy Final at Wembley, where they won 4–1 against Carlisle United. The win gave the club their first trophy since 1976. Five months later Pardew was dismissed by the club, amidst reports of low staff morale and conflicts between Pardew and club chairman, Nicola Cortese.
On 6 December 2010, Chris Hughton was sacked as manager of Newcastle United. Three days later the club confirmed Pardew as the club's new manager on a five and a half year deal. Sky Sports reported that of 40,000 fans taking part in a poll on who should become the next manager, Pardew only received the backing of 5.5% of voters.
Pardew stated: "I'm not a Geordie of course, but I'm a football person with a love of the game and I can assure you I bring great drive, desire and commitment to the job. Chris Hughton did a great job last season, guiding the club back to the Premier League, and he continued that good work this season. It is my aim to build on that now and take this club forward." He acknowledged that he would face a battle to win over players and supporters, and that other managers had texted him to say "you must be mad going there", but he declared: "It's one of the top five clubs in England. It's a daunting prospect but something I couldn't turn down."
In his first game in charge he led Newcastle to a 3–1 win over Liverpool at St James' Park on 11 December 2010 with goals from Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Andy Carroll. In the club's first home game of 2011, he achieved a notable 5–0 victory over his former club West Ham United. He brought in his own coaching staff in the form of John Carver as assistant manager, who had worked as assistant to Sir Bobby Robson six years earlier. Andy Woodman was also Pardew's appointment as goalkeeping coach. Soon afterwards Pardew, however, suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in the club's history as Newcastle went down 3–1 to League 2 side Stevenage in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
However, the following month Pardew led the Magpies to one of the most memorable moments in the club's recent history when Newcastle drew 4–4 with Arsenal in an enthralling match at St James' Park on 5 February 2011. Newcastle were 4–0 down by half time only to come back to level the match. This has been seen as one of the most remarkable comebacks in Premier League history. He secured Newcastle's safety in the Premier League with a 2–1 win over Birmingham City on 7 May 2011, with the club in mid-table. This result was followed by a 2–2 draw at Chelsea and a 3–3 draw against West Brom at St. James' Park. However, in this match they let a 3–0 goal lead slip meaning they would finish outside the top 10 in 12th place.
In the summer of 2011, Pardew bought many French speaking players such as Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and French-born Senegalese striker, Demba Ba. At the start of the 2011–12 season, Pardew led Newcastle to their best start to a Premier League campaign in 17 years, with an unbeaten run of eleven matches in all competitions.
Two days prior to the final match of the season, Pardew won the Premier League Manager of the Season award, becoming the first Newcastle United manager to achieve this. He was given the award after an impressive season with Newcastle where he guided them to a European place for the following season. He also won the League Managers Association Manager of the Year award, which made him the first and only English manager to win the two individual awards in a single Premier League season. On 27 September 2012, Pardew signed an eight-year contract extension with the club.
During the 2013 January transfer window Pardew signed a number of players from Ligue 1 in France including Internationals such as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko to help boost Newcastle's season. The new signings helped Pardew to guide Newcastle to their first European quarter-final in 8 years as they defeated Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 on aggregate. On 14 April 2013, Pardew's Newcastle side lost 3-0 to Sunderland at St. James' Park, Newcastle's biggest home defeat to Sunderland since Bill McGarry's side lost 4-1 in February 1979.
So far in his career, Pardew has been involved in several controversial issues and events. In 2003, the BBC described him as being a "dangerous and distant animal" in the media, referring to his public relations abilities, which has led him to making several rash comments. When at West Ham, the club employed a media advisor for Pardew to help him win over sceptical fans. The following is a list of controversies Pardew has been involved in:
|Reading||13 October 1999||10 September 2003||212||102||52||58||48.11|
|West Ham United||20 October 2003||11 December 2006||163||67||38||58||41.10|
|Charlton Athletic||26 December 2006||22 November 2008||90||28||26||36||31.11|
|Southampton||17 July 2009||30 August 2010||64||34||17||13||53.13|
|Newcastle United||9 December 2010||Present||120||44||32||44||36.67|
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