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Alan Pardew was supposed to be Newcastle United’s Sir Alex Ferguson – his eight-year Magpies contract would have ended today FIVE years after he left the club

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The former Magpies boss was rewarded with a mega contract in September 2012 after guiding the club to a fifth-placed finish in the previous Premier League season.

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Pardew lasted four years at Newcastle

At the time, then managing director Derek Llambias insisted Newcastle wanted to emulate the stability shown by Manchester United and Arsenal with Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, respectively, and prolong Pardew’s stay until 2020.

“If you look at clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have shown that stability gives you the best platform to achieve success and that is the model we wish to emulate here,” Llambias said.

“We’re looking to build on the success we had last season and these new contracts are aimed at keeping the club progressing on and off the pitch, as we have done since returning to the Premier League in 2010.”

But Pardew failed to replicate the previous season’s success as Newcastle finished just two places above the relegation zone in the 2012/13 campaign.

And he lasted just over two years into his new deal as he swapped the Magpies for Crystal Palace in January 2015.

The former Charlton and West Ham boss spent four years on Tyneside in total with a 37.4 per cent win rate. Since leaving Newcastle, Pardew has endured difficult managerial spells.

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Former managing director Llambias wanted to bring stability to Newcastle by offering Pardew a new eight-year deal

He started well at Palace, steering the Eagles away from relegation trouble as they finished the 2014/15 season in 10th place.

But in his only full season at Selhurst Park, Palace could only manage a 15th-placed finish.

He was sacked in December 2016 with the south London club 17th in the Premier League table, havint taken just 26 points from 36 league games in the calendar year.

His next managerial spell came at Premier League strugglers West Brom in November 2017 – and it did not go well.

The Baggies won just once in 18 games and took eight points from a possible 54 in a miserable four-month spell under Pardew.

West Brom were eventually relegated to the Championship as they finished bottom of the Premier League table.

After 18 months out of management, Pardew made his return with Dutch minnows ADO Den Haag last December.

It was a thankless task for the Englishman as his side finished second from bottom in the Eredivisie table when the coronavirus pandemic brought Dutch football to a halt in March.

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Pardew won just once in eight games during his time in charge of ADO Den Haag

Despite being in the relegation zone, ADO Den Haag kept their place in the top-flight as the season was declared null and void a month later.

Admirably, Pardew donated his survival bonus of £20,000 to the club’s non-playing staff and Dutch health workers.

Following the premature end to the Eredivisie season, he left ADO Den Haag by mutual consent.

In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, Pardew predicted his next managerial post will be in England.

He said: “The experience in Holland hasn’t put me off working abroad. Now that I’ve had a flavour of that and done it, which is one of the boxes I definitely needed to tick, I’m quite open.

“If I was a betting man, I probably would end up in England and hopefully with a club that’s got the opportunity to push for some kind of promotion or some kind of success.

“With the last two clubs, I’ve really taken over clubs in dire trouble. Both times it has not worked out exactly how I would have liked.”




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