Pardew Leaves West Bromwich Albion

Alan Pardew. Photo: Ian KINGTON / AFP


Alan Pardew paid the price for a club record eight successive Premier League defeats by leaving his managerial role at West Bromwich Albion by mutual consent on Monday.

The 56-year-old had only been at the club for four months after replacing Tony Pulis but failed to revive their fortunes and he leaves them bottom of the table 10 points adrift of safety with just six games remaining.

“West Bromwich Albion and Alan Pardew have agreed to mutually part company today following discussions between both parties,” read a club statement on their website.


West Brom Appoint Alan Pardew As New Manager

Alan Pardew. Photo: Ian KINGTON / AFP

Premier League strugglers West Brom on Wednesday appointed Alan Pardew as their new manager following the sacking of Tony Pulis.

The former West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace boss has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract at the club, languishing just two points above the relegation zone.

“I’m thrilled with the opportunity Albion have provided and looking forward to getting to work with what I consider to be a talented group of players,” he said.


Swansea City: Giggs, Coleman Leading Candidates To Get Coaching Job

Chris Coleman, Ryan Giggs, Swansea CitySwansea City are keen to have a new manager in place by Monday, as Wales boss Chris Coleman and Ryan Giggs appear to be the leading candidates.

After managing the club for 85 days, Bob Bradley was sacked on Tuesday night, with the Swans 19th in the Premier League.

Giggs, a former Manchester United star, was interviewed twice before Bradley’s appointment in October.

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson, erstwhile Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew and former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett are also in the frame.

However, Bradley’s permanent successor is not expected to take charge before they host Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve.

Swansea City, Bob Bradley, West Ham
Bob Bradley

The Swans said on their website that the American’s departure followed the disappointing 4-1 Boxing Day defeat to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

Bradley had 11 games at the helm after replacing Francesco Guidolin on October 3.

But with the Swans currently in the relegation zone on 12 points, the club felt it needed a change after the 58-yeard-old picked up just two wins and two draws during his stint in charge, with 29 goals conceded along the way.

Alan Pardew Leaves As Crystal Palace Manager

Alan Pardew Leaves As Crystal Palace ManagerCrystal Palace have announced that Alan Pardew has been asked to step down as manager.

In a club statement, Palace chairman, Steve Parish said: “I would like to put on record our sincere gratitude for the tremendous service Alan has given us, both in his time here as manager and previously as a player.”

Palace have struggled this season and are currently 17th, having lost eight of their last 10 Premier League matches.

As to a replacement, Parish added that the club “are hoping to put someone in place as quickly as possible”.

Palace are next in action on Boxing Day, away to Watford.

In a brief statement on the Palace website, Pardew said: “I would just like to take the opportunity to thank everybody at Crystal Palace for their fantastic support. In particular a big thanks to the players who gave me absolutely everything and Steve Parish and his Board.

“Personally I have a lot of good feelings for this football Club and am sad that my time there has ended.

“I feel that I have a special bond with the club and hope that hasn’t been affected, I wish everybody associated with the Club the best of luck in the future including of course the fans who have been magnificent.

“There will be no further comment at the present time.”

Klopp, Son Named Manager, Player Of The Month

Jurgen Klopp,Heung-Min Son, Liverpool, TottenhamLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named Premier League manager of the month.

The 49-year-old becomes the first German winner of the award after three straight wins over Leicester City, Chelsea and Hull, scoring 11 goals in the process.

He beat off competition from Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, Crystal Palace Manager, Alan Pardew, Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger to secure the award.

Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son was also named Premier League player of the month.

The 24-year-old becomes the first Asian player to claim the prize after scoring four goals and adding two assists in four matches.

Romelu Lukaku, Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana and Kevin De bruyne were the other contenders for the award.

Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini Completes Crystal Palace Move

Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini Completes Crystal Palace MoveEnglish club, Crystal Palace have completed the signing of former Arsenal midfielder, Mathieu Flamini.

The Eagles announced on Thursday on their website that the former AC Milan defensive midfielder joined the club on a contract deal until the end of the season.

He had been a free agent subsequent to his release by the Gunners in the summer.

During his seven seasons at the Emirates stadium, the 32-year-old Frenchman won three FA Cups and reached the 2006 UEFA Champions League final.

Reacting to his move, Flamini said: “Crystal Palace is a very ambitious club with great players and I am looking forward to being part of that squad.

“It is a very interesting challenge for me and I am very excited to be here.

“I have had chance to discuss the move here with Alan Pardew and he really helped me make my decision.”

On his part, Pardew, who manages Crystal Palace, stressed the need to sign an experienced midfield player to join his squad.

“I thought it was important to get another midfield player.

“His playing ability will help us but also, his leadership qualities and his ability of how to win games in a passing style.

“I am delighted that we have secured a player of his stature,” the Eagles boss said.

Aston Villa Part Ways with Manager Paul Lambert

villaAston Villa’s Paul Lambert has emerged the fifth manager to depart in this current Premier League season, after Neil Warnock (Crystal Palace), Alan Irvine (West Bromwich Albion), Alan Pardew (Newcastle United) and Harry Redknapp (Queens Park Rangers).

According to a statement from Aston Villa, Lambert was shown the way out of the club after a run of ten winless games took them into the English Premier League relegation zone.

The forty-five year old took over at Villa Park in 2012 and led the Midlands club to 15th-place finishes in his first two seasons, but the former Scotland midfielder had come under pressure from fans following a poor run of recent form.

Villa’s 2-0 defeat to Hull City on Tuesday night was the last straw for the club’s board. The defeat saw them slip into the relegation zone for the first time this season – they were third from bottom ahead of Wednesday night’s Premier League fixtures.

A lack of goals has been Villa’s primary problem all season – they have managed just 12 in 25 league matches and have not won in 10 games.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Aston Villa Football Club has parted company  with manager Paul Lambert. First-team coach Scott Marshall and goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall will continue to prepare the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Leicester City at Villa Park.

“The club would also like to place on record its thanks to Paul and take this opportunity to wish him every success in the future.

“The club will announce a new manager in due course. There will be no further comment from the club at this stage.”

Many of Villa’s travelling fans at Hull made it clear they wanted Lambert to be sacked.
After Tuesday’s defeat Lambert remained in defiant mood, saying: “I was aware of it (fan unrest) months ago. I just try to do my best.

“We have a massive fanbase behind us, and they want to see the team doing well. It was a disappointing result.
“We are in a fight. I have said it to the lads in the dressing room. They know it. There is still a lot of football to be played. We just have to go out to win the next game.”

Lambert replaced Alex McLeish in June 2012 after two years with Norwich City. He signed a new contract extension in September last year, shortly after a 1-0 win over Liverpool took them to second place in the table. They won three of their opening four matches of the season, drawing the other.

But Villa’s season soon collapsed – they have won just two of their last 21 games, including a dismal run of 659 minutes without a Premier League goal which ended in a defeat to Chelsea earlier this month.
Nevertheless Villa chiefs showed every sign of resisting the growing unrest among Villa fans and keeping faith in the Scot despite their plunge into the relegation zone.

Villa have been knocked out of the League Cup by third-tier Leyton Orient, but have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup.

EPL: Arsenal, Spurs To Battle For Champions League Slot On Sunday

 Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs will be doing battle in their last English Premier League match on Sunday, to decide who takes the fourth position on the EPL table as the fourth place slot means a ticket to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal will be hoping to outdo Newcastle to edge out their arch rivals Tottenham. With Manchester United crowned champions, Manchester City guaranteed second spot, the focus is on the Champions League places with Chelsea on 72 points, Arsenal on 70 and Spurs on 69.

Chelsea, placed third on 72 points, earns automatic passage to the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition.

According to Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, he knew it was going to come down to the last games of the season to decide who takes what.

Tottenham Hotspur are in dying need of a home win against Sunderland, a club that was doing well at the early part of the season beating the likes of Arsenal 2-1, but couldn’t hold on to the pressure and slumped in terms of performance in the last two months.

Tottenham Hotspurs are now hoping that Newcastle can do a good job on Sunday by cleaning out the Gunners so that they can seal the fourth place slot.

Last year, Wenger’s Arsenal side snatched third on the last day of the season with Spurs ending up fourth, their misery compounded by the fact that they missed out on the Champions League as Chelsea took the final English spot as European champions.

Newcastle guaranteed safety from relegation when Wigan dropped down from the Premier League after losing 4-1 to Arsenal last weekend.

Newcastle coach Alan Pardew was so relieved he said it did not matter if Arsenal beat them, which infuriated Tottenham fans. He later withdrew his declaration, saying it was just a joke. Wenger explained Pardew was speaking out of excitement.

AFCON 2013: We Wouldn’t Miss Ameobi – Babangida

Former Eagles Player and World Cup Star, Tijani Babangida have taken a swipe at Newcastle Player and Nigerian International Shola Ameobi after he chose to turn down National duty for club assignments.

Babangida blasted Ameobi saying he should have respected and honoured his home country before his club but nevertheless he won’t be missed on the line-up for the Afcon 2013 which will be kick started this January.

The National Team and Coach Stephen Keshi decided to throw out Ameobi after it was becoming a serious row between the country and club over the player and eventually the Coach  waited till Saturday midnight to finally take a decision on the Ameobi matter thereby resting what would have been taken to FIFA for a final decision.

Ameobi featured in the game against Venezuela in what passed as the player’s debut last November after he completed his international change from England.

Ameobi however decided to choose Newcastle over Nigeria after Newcastle manager; Alan Pardew appealed to the player to stick with the club not considering his chance of being on the roll-call of international glory.

And Alan Pardew’s claim of holding Ameobi was because Demba Ba was certain to ditch the club in the January transfer window.

Babangida could not hold back his feelings saying Ameobi should count himself very lucky for getting a national call-up but he ended up holding his loyalty to his club side ahead of Nigeria.

How many would have knocked back a major international competition the way Shola has?

Not many … I can promise you.

“Nigeria is too big for Ameobi or any player for that matter.  He should know that he is lucky to represent this country. I am sure he will later regret this.

“One other thing is clear – his absence won’t affect Eagles at the Nations Cup.”

I Want To Avoid Creating Problems For Any Player — Keshi

Following the row going on between Nigeria and the club managers of Millwall and Newcastle; Kenny Jackett and Alan Pardew over Nigerian defender and Millwall’s Danny Shittu and Newcastle player Shola Ameobi, Super Eagle head coach; Stephen Keshi said he will be willing to let the players be, if the row will affect their careers as he is not out to let them lose favour in their various clubs.

“I would not want to cause any problems for any player over something like this because it is his career and eventually he will have to return to his club,” he said.

This is coming after Nigeria hit out at Newcastle United for not allowing Shola Ameobi to play at next month’s African Nations Cup in South Africa.

Nigeria has been drawn in Nations Cup Group C with Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and defending champions Zambia.

Pardew responded to the naming of the Nigerian player saying Ameobi cannot go to South Africa and the national team manager;Keshi knows the reason why which he is not revealing.

“The national team manager knows the reasons – which I am keeping to myself.”

The African tournament which will be holding from Jan. 19th- Feb 10th named Newcastle Ameobi in the provisional list but Alan Pardew whom Keshi claimed he has never met in his life has refused to let the player report to the Super Eagles training camp in Portugal.

“I don’t know what is in his head or what he is thinking about. I have never spoken to Alan Pardew in my life; I have only seen him on television.”

Keshi said during an interview on the Supersports channel that Pardew cannot stop Ameobi from reporting for National duties because the Afcon is a competition backed by FIFA; the World football governing body.

“Alan Pardew knows he cannot stop Shola from going to the Nations Cup because the competition is sanctioned by soccer’s ruling body.”

Pardew’s Newcastle is not sitting comfortably right now on the English Premier League table as the club is just five points above the relegation zone in 15th spot, hence the reason the manager is not letting Ameobi answer to national call.

Keshi also reacted to Kenny Jackett’s refusal to release Danny Shittu who was also named in the Eagles provisional list as the Millwall manager said Shittu would not be going to the Nations Cup.

Keshi said the English clubs feel they have every right on these players so they feel they can stop them from playing for their countries. He said they really have to understand the importance of the Afcon tournament.

“I don’t know why the English clubs are trying to stop their players from going. Do they feel these players don’t have the right to play for their countries?”

“Clubs have to understand how important this competition is.”



Newcastle Manager Pardew charged by FA for shoving assistant referee Kirkup

Alan Pardew; Newcastle United Manager has been charged by the Football Association for shoving assistant referee Peter Kirkup from Northampton.

The incident happened during the game between Tottenham Hotspurs and Newcastle United which ended in favour of Newcastle United in a Barclays Premier League game which took place on Saturday.

Although Pardew gave an unreserved apology afterwards but this didn’t prevent the FA from bringing the hammer on the manager and he has been given till 4pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.

Pardew said it was ridiculous and he has apologised publicly saying Kirkup was right in front of him and he thought the ball was out and he shoved him.

Pardew said he went to see him and told him it was stupid and he didn’t know what he was thinking.

Pardew was ordered to watch the final 20 minutes of the match at Sports Direct Arena from the stands.

Pardew reacted angrily having thought Kirkup had missed a throw-in for his side moments before Spurs shot narrowly wide.

The incident was missed by referee Martin Atkinson but it was immediately brought to his attention by fourth official Lee Mason.