Pardew has impressed at both Newcastle and Crystal Palace in recent years
Despite failing to inspire confidence during his time at both Charlton Athletic and West Ham United, Alan Pardew is now one of the leading contenders for the England job if Roy Hodgson decides to call it a day after next summer’s European Championships in France.
While many still have their doubts on his ability to manage a top team, Palace’s achievements at both Newcastle and Palace simply cannot be overlooked – especially his work at Selhurst Park. Pardew has defied the odds and has took the Eagles from relegation candidates to a solid, top-half side in less than two full seasons. That, and many other reasons, is why Pardew deserves – and should be – the next England boss.
Pardew is incredibly passionate, which is crucial for the England job
Although he has been known to overstep the mark at times, Pardew’s passion and hunger to succeed would stand him in good stead to take charge of the national team. In recent years, England supporters have been treated to some truly world class foreign managers, mainly Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello.
While both had plenty of experience, their lack of passion was clear for all to see. Pardew would bring that fire back to the national team. England’s failure to compete in major tournaments has caused people to lose interest in international football, however a character like Pardew would attract fans back to the world stage.
He gets the most out of his players
Ultimately, Pardew is brilliant when it comes to man-management skills. If a player feels that he is too big for his boots or above the club, he isn’t afraid to drop him from the squad. While he has come under severe scrutiny for his methods at times, this may be exactly what England need to challenge at the top level.
Despite a small transfer kitty, the Palace manager continues to get the most out of his side. Yes, the Eagles have a number of talented stars but Pardew has turned some average players into decent, budding talents. The likes of Martin Kelly, Joe Ledley and Joel Ward have all flourished under Pardew this season and are now regulars in the Palace starting line-up.
Unlike some, Pardew isn’t afraid to give younger players a chance
Furthermore, the Eagles boss is willing to give younger players a chance – something that would definitely appeal to England supporters. For many years, fans have been forced to sit and watch players get into the national squad on name rather than merit. Pardew simply wouldn’t allow this to happen, which is exactly how it should be.
If England are to succeed in the future, they must have a blend of youth and experience. In terms of selecting a balanced squad, there is no manager better than Alan Pardew. In charge of England, he would only encourage more young talent to step up and prove their worth on the international stage.
There is very little competition for the role
Realistically, there won’t be much competition for the position. Swansea City manager Garry Monk was a contender earlier in the season but his lack of experience will worry the majority of England supporters. Another potential candidate is Gareth Southgate. The England under-21 boss has been in management for almost ten years but many still have their doubts after Middlesbrough were relegated from the top flight during his three-year tenure at the Riverside Stadium.
Pardew’s closest rival? Brendan Rodgers. The former Liverpool boss is enjoying some time off but may try to get back into management at the end of the season. With next summer’s tournament, the timing may be spot on for Hodgson to call it quits and Rodgers to take over. However, the majority would prefer Pardew – based on current form and ability to handle pressure situations.
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