Alan Pardew Knows Its Promotion Or Bust For Southampton This Seasonby Mark Cohen / 05 August 2010, 13:44Tweet
As we get ready for the new Football League season this weekend it is League One that is looking particularly exciting for fans and punters, and most of that focus is on Alan Pardew and his Southampton team as they are being hotly tipped for automatic promotion. Many believe that Pardew was very close to the sack over the Summer following the team's failure to make the play-offs last season, much of that has to do with the their ten point penalty for going into administration but he will no that automatic promotion is the bare minimum for the board at St Marys this campaign.
The Saints have everything in place to be playing football at a higher level and after some good money has been spent on the squad by League One standards Pardew is under big pressure, he will know that a good start to the season is essential for his future and with the squad he has at his disposal that should not be a problem. Pardew has managed to bring in some top players with Ricky Lambert the key man for the Saints, he scored goals for fun last season and if he can maintain that once again this year then it is hard to see Southampton outside of the top two or three at worst.
Looking through the squad down at St Marys there is no doubting that they have the ability and firepower to win League One this year, they have kept hold of their star names likes Lambert and young Adam Lallana who has a big future ahead of him. It will not be a one horse race though in League One with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Peterborough and Charlton all expected to be at the business end of the table and challenging along with Southampton over the coming months. It is the Saints though that start the season off as favourites with the bookmakers to win League One while it is understood that automatic promotion is the bare minimum on the agenda for Pardew this season.
Pardew has had a mixed career as a Manager with stints at Reading, Charlton and West Ham with a fair amount of success, he decided to drop down into League One with Southampton and he has been making all the right noises as he attempts to lead the team back to the Championship. The club have sorted themselves out off of the pitch with the finances in good order and it now falls to Pardew to get the club performing well on the pitch, if there are any troubles in the early part of the season then Pardew will know only too well that his position will become very very precarious indeed.