Alan Pardew: sacked


11th, December 2006


Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. West Ham have announced that they have sacked Alan Pardew after
The Hammers have struggled all season and are currently in 18th place in the Premiership following Saturday’s 4-0 annihilation at the hands of Bolton Wanderers.

West Ham have often talked up their own cause with cries of the spirit of ’66 and ‘back where we belong’ sentiments… but with only three points separating West Ham and bottom club Watford, speculation has grown over Pardew’s position at Upton Park. The Boleyn Boys results have been shockingly bad and haven’t improved since Eggert ‘the yolk’s on you’ Magnusson took over the club. The Egg didn’t mess about did he?

Pardew took over as manager at West Ham in October 2003 and steered
them to promotion to the Premiership in 2005. Despite what the press have said (calls for him to be in the frame for the England job and the like), Pardew was quite unpopular with the Hammers’ home support, being accused of ‘negative tactics’ and generally being a bit rubbish. That said, Pardew did well with a young squad to get them to the FA Cup final and a Uefa Cup place.
This term it’s been an entirely different scenario with West Ham getting pasted off all and sundry. It doesn’t help that they’ve signed two very high-profile
players in the shape of Argentine internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier

An official statement reads that "Alan has made an important contribution since joining in September 2003 but this season’s results have been disappointing. Chairman Eggert Magnusson and the board feel it is the right time to make a change in the club’s best interests."
The statement continued: "The search for a successor is now underway in order that a new manager can be in place ahead of the January transfer window. First-team coach Kevin Keen will take temporary charge of team affairs until a new appointment has been made. No further statements on this matter will be made by the club before that time."

Now that Pardew is picking up his P45, it will be
interesting to see who The Egg goes after. Sven Goran Eriksson anyone? Curbishley? Who do you lot fancy for the job? [Mof Gimmers]

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  1. The endless rumours regarding the many national and league clubs seeking Sven-Goran Eriksson’s winning ways may be hotting up???
    With a very real and urgent vacancy at West Ham to fill with someone who knows a bit about turning failing teams around, maybe it will focus the minds of all those clubs who have been dithering about making Sven the right offer.
    I just hope that an English club does attract him as I wouldn’t want him applying his winning ways to another country’s team against England.
    The way things have started out since he quit the England job, I already feel less than confident about qualifying for Euro2008……

  2. joe says:

    I’m not a big fan of Sven because he’s accomplished SFA with an incredible England squad. But he might be useful in making West Ham a boring midtable side, which at the moment probably looks pretty good. I don’t think Curbishley is going to be interested but I’d probably prefer him. I don’t expect to see Dowie managing in the top flight anytime soon.

  3. Ollie, Pies Ed. says:

    Looks v likely that Curbishley will get it though

  4. joe says:

    My bad. He just looked weary when last I saw him leaving Charlton. I figured he wouldn’t pop back up for a wihle. Good for the Hammers though.