|Alan Pardew – birthday|
|daib0||18 July 2012|
A thousand miles away, but just round the corner in spirit
Alan Scott Pardew (born 18 July 1961 in Wimbledon, London) is an English football manager and former player, currently the manager of Newcastle United.
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. He managed Southampton to victory in the Football League Trophy in 2010.
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. This resulted in a 3–2 Division Two playoff final defeat to Walsall at the end of the 2000–01 season, but was redeemed the next season by achieving automatic promotion to Division One. Pardew's first season in the higher division was outstanding, as the club finished 4th and lost in the play-offs once again, this time to Wolves. Pardew was on the map 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, much to the opposition of the Reading fans. He was later sacked by West Ham, and has since managed Charlton, Southampton, and since 9th December 2010 of premier league Newcastle.