Alan Pardew

The cringe-filled lowlights of the 2016 FA Cup final

The 2016 FA Cup final was always going to be a strange one. Crystal Palace, led by Alan Pardew and his outsized self-regard against Man United, led by dead man walking Louis van Gaal (while Jose Mourinho redecorates his office back in Manchester). But the oddities began well before kickoff. It started with a poor …

Alan Pardew shows Jurgen Klopp who’s boss (it’s Alan Pardew)

Jurgen Klopp was dealt his first defeat as Liverpool manager, losing 2–1 to Crystal Palace at Anfield. Scott Dann headed in the decisive goal in the 82nd minute and after the match, Klopp admitted that it was at that point that he felt he was, in fact, walking alone. From the BBC: “Eighty-two minutes — game over,” …

Wenger Management

On Alan Pardew’s Magic, Arsenal Playing Homewrecker, and Chelsea’s Dastardly Dominance By Kevin Alexander Alan Pardew: Somewhat competent after all? At some point after leaving Newcastle, Alan Pardew must have swung by Hyrule and purchased several of those red life potions from the old woman in Legend of Zelda to pass out among his players, because …

Beautiful Losers: All Eyes on Alan Pardew

Newcastle United’s manager is the best show in town. That’s not good. Every footballing year has its signature gadget. In 2011, the snood came to symbolize a class of cosseted athletes who did not run enough to keep warm. In 2013, all tactical knowledge flowed through Gary Neville’s sonic screwdriver. 2014 is the year of the …