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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Alan Pardew should not be dismissed

I'm not a Hammer so my viewpoint on Alan Pardew's job security may not be as valid as those who support West Ham and have had enough of their manager after eighth consecutive defeats. But despite this terrible run I definitely don’t think it would be fair or right for him to be fired from his job in the near future.

I'm a big admirer of what Alan Pardew did with West Ham last season. After gaining promotion through the play-off route and adding just a couple of new players to his squad he managed the Hammers to a high mid-table finish and was one minute away from winning the FA Cup final against Liverpool. But the best thing from my viewpoint about the Hammers last season was that they played an attractive brand of smooth-passing, attacking football.

It was so refreshing to see an English manager prepared to create a Premiership team in this vision of football and it made me think that in the long-term Pardew could be a candidate for the England manager position.

So why the sudden decline? I can't help but think it is no coincidence that West Ham's results have deteriorated ever since the seemingly well-connected Kia Joorbachian arrived on the scene with Tevez and Mascherano.

These are two highly talented players who theoretically should only be able to improve and motivate a squad of footballers. But in reality I reckon everyone in the squad would have been thinking what other plans Mr Joorbachian had up his sleeve and whether they and Pardew would be part of his bigger picture. I personally think a lot of people at West Ham (who have a predominantly young squad) have been significantly unsettled by the take-over talk and that this has taken their mind off the job in hand: which is to continue to progress and get good results.

In other words, I think the excellent work of Alan Pardew is being undone by events that are bigger than him and that he has no control over. Because of this and in light of his excellent achievements last season I think it would be premature and unfair if he was to be dismissed anytime soon.

Hopefully results will pick up so to add to his case. Blackburn will prove a test tomorrow afternoon, but with a fervent home support behind them I expect West Ham's players to put in a massive effort to take the pressure off themselves and their manager and grab an important win.

4 Comments:

Blogger RedsMan said...

I reflected on this suspicion with West Ham in my review sometime back, where I said it is possible that Pardew is uneasy with matters off the field in regard to the running of the club now or the near future, and that uneasiness has rubbed onto the players. If Tevez and Mascherano, who I felt at the time were not as impressive as the media had hyped them up to be, were two transfers influnced by Kia Joorbachian, and rumours are to be believed, potentially a takeover could ousted more players as others are brought in. The same with the manager.

The form of Harewood, Zamora, Reo-Coker, Benyaoun, Sheringham hasn't been as sharp as before despite his age and Etherington has returned to the team, has questioned West Ham's progress. They are trying, no doubt in that, but for some reason it is not working out, and I, as T stated, look to matters off the field.



RedsMan.

10/29/2006 11:45 am

 
Blogger Skippy said...

It is absurd to suggest that Alan P should be sacked. They got their first win today and I can see the Hammers climbing the table.

10/29/2006 7:38 pm

 
Blogger RedsMan said...

It's an excellent reply to the pressure and rumours and the fans' plight that has dogged the club since the season began. Though in my opinion it was spluttered, West Ham showed some glimpse of urgency in their play and once they sensed they would be allowed to attack and pass through Blackburn, particularly using Benayoun and Etherington, they went for the game. I'll anaylse more in my review.



RedsMan.

10/29/2006 9:20 pm

 
Blogger T said...

This is from the BBC website today (somewhat backing up my feelings that the takeover talk has had a major influence on West Ham's recent run):

After the 2-1 victory on Sunday, Pardew said: "The uncertainty of the takeover means my position is under question and every player's position is too.

"The sooner it ends, the better it will be for everybody."

Iranian-born Kia Joorabchian, backed by Israeli property magnate Eli Papouchaldo, is thought to the front-runner to take over at West Ham.

Joorabchian was the president of Media Sports Investment (MSI), who owned the rights to the Argentine players Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, who signed for West Ham from Corinthians on transfer deadline day.

The other main interest is from an Icelandic consortium headed by Uefa executive committee member Eggert Magnusson.

Pardew added: "I have seen first hand the damage that the uncertainty can do.

"Only when the takeover happens or if we have the same board or whatever decision is made - and I'm sure it will be the right one for West Ham - there will be uncertainty.

10/30/2006 7:40 pm

 

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