Pardew Tipped To Succeed Hodgson In England Hot Seat

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 27 July 2015, 15:07

The Sun's Andy Dillon (andydillon70) bangs the drum for Alan Pardew to be the next England manager...

Roy HodgsonROY HODGSON bristles when his FA paymasters plant a little bit of uncertainty under his future as England manager.

The new chief executive Martin Glenn declares that a lot depends on the success of the national team at Euro 2016 - when his current lb3m a year contract expires.

Hodgson is not sure how to take the news which he reads on the back pages of every national newspaper when in truth he should consider himself lucky to still have a job following our worst World Cup campaign in history.

The argument, until recently, is that the public insists on having an English manager to lead the England team and that there are no natural successors who could do any better than Roy.

Not so now.

Step forward Alan Pardew, the manager who should be making Hodgson shift a little uncomfortably in his seat in the Wembley dugout.

Pardew is emerging as the brightest English coach in the game and it will not have gone unnoticed by the likes of Glenn and his boss Greg Dyke at the Football Association just as Hodgson enters the last 12 months of his lucrative deal.

At a time when anything 'home grown' in our national game is at a premium, Pardew's stock has risen to its highest level of all time.

He transformed Crystal Palace within hours of taking over from fading and abrasive Yorkshireman Neil Warnock in January.

Three Premier League wins on the trot followed, including victories over in-form Tottenham and Southampton. Palace finished higher than his former clubs Newcastle and West Ham.

Pardew has just turned 54 so by the time Euro 2016 is over and we know England's fate he will be mid-50s; Grey haired but with the energy and enthusiasm of someone who is making a more sustained impact in management than he did as a player.

Much of that silver hair was brought about by constant fighting those above and those around him as manager of Newcastle United for four years.

A Londoner surrounded in perhaps the fiercest and last remaining parochial enclaves left in England's cosmopolitan Premier League.

The fifth place finish in 2012 won him the manager of the year award. Either side of that was 12th and 16th but since when have Newcastle United been anything but wildly inconsistent?

And putting up with cynical fans who see you as a mouthpiece for a widely despised club owner in Mike Ashley is perfect training for putting up with the constant cynicism and scepticism which now overshadows the England team.

Pardew won promotion with West Ham through the play-offs in 2005 and took them to an FA Cup final the following May.

And not just any old final, the breathless 3-3 draw with Liverpool and was hailed as the saviour of the tournament itself as the old competition struggled to compete with the Premier League.

Pardew got the maximum out of his players at West Ham. Nobody gave them a hope against Liverpool and it was no shame when they subsequently lost on penalties.

He got the best out of what he had and did the same at Crystal Palace last season. They were bottom three when he walked through the door and finished 10th.

Newcastle stayed up in the last game under his hapless replacement John Carver.

Pardew did not spend fortunes, he merely got the team on his side. Winger Yannick Bolasie is now rated at lb30million plus and Wilfried Zaha is getting back to his best after having his fingers burned in a disastrous move to Manchester United.

Pardew maybe sees a lot of himself in his players. The time at Newcastle was an eternal uphill battle, trying to maintain self confidence when everyone around you is waiting for you to fall flat on your face.

As a result he can get an extra gear from his men and now Crystal Palace can attract players like the skilfull Yohan Cabaye and young hotshot Patrick Bamford.

Pardew can motivate players, a vital ingredient for a national manager who cannot sign them. He plays exciting football and handles tough questions with interesting answers and honest appraisal.

He is English and he is middle-aged. And perhaps crucially, in a year's time he may well have taken Palace as far as he can.

England have a long way to go to stand any chance of winning something which could make June 2016 and the Euros well worth watching for a variety of reasons.

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