Newcastle Names Alan Pardew As Manager
The Magpies split with Chris Hughton to name Alan Pardew as new manager. A more experienced coach has been needed at St James Park, club’s statement read. Hughton, who led the Magpies back to Premier League after spending one year in Championship, leaves the team 12th in the standings. Despite a very good start of the season, during which Newcastle reached the top spots, the Magpies won just five points in the last six matches, thing which might have a solid contribution in Hughton’s dismissal. On the other side, Alan Pardew is to take charge of Newcastle after leaving Southampton. Pardew spent the last four years below Premiership, coaching Charlton Athletic and Southampton, Newcastle being one of the biggest challenges for him as coach. He also trained Reading between 1999-2003.
They say that Hughton’s lack of ‘show’ might also be a cause of his dismissal. Furthermore, both Newcastle owner and managing director wanted the former coach attract more television interest at James Park, thing which could generate big amounts of money. Hughton had a caretaker job at Tottenham Hotspur in 1998 as he became Ireland’s coach assistant between 2003 and 2005. He joined Newcastle in 2008 as caretaker. The 51-year-old played for Spurs 13 years. As for the 49-year-old Pardew, he left Southampton eighth in the League One to make a huge jump into Premiership. It remains to be seen if he is able to do a better job in the league.
“I know the fans are frustrated. They probably thought they had some stability with Chris and that has gone. With the record of managers they have had here, it does not bode well, but I have tried to get in that contract a situation that they have to show faith in me,” said Magpies new coach. Pardew is the 2006 FA Cup finalist with West Ham United and winner of the 2010 Football League Trophy. On contrast, Hughton refused to make any comment on club’s decision. “The termination of my contract is now in the hands of the LMA and I will therefore be making no further comment at this stage.”
Despite Newcastle lost seven games this season, Hughton succeeded to bring all of the best results against top teams. Thus, the Magpies thrashed Aston Villa 6-0 in the second day of Premiership. They would also stun defending champions Chelsea 4-3 in the Carling Cup to go further in the competition. Great results have also been obtained against Sunderland, whom they smashed 5-1, and against Arsenal whom Newcastle also defeated 1-0 at Emirates Stadium.
Hughton’s last results regard a draw against Chelsea and the loss against West Bromwich Albion. But huge test expects Pardew. He is to make his debut at St James Park against Liverpool on Saturday.11