Next United Manager? Alan Pardew. No, seriously.

by Nick Weaser

Monday, December 27th, 2010

When that day finally comes that Sir Alex decides to finally hang up his….chewing gum…after such an illustrious career, the question will long have been asked, who is the right manager to succeed him? The obvious contenders will be recycled once more; Jose Mourinho, Steve Bruce, Alex McLeish, Roy Keane, or even Pep Guardiola. Yet, this writer is of the firm belief that Alan Pardew should be the man to replace the great Scot. That’s if he will accept the job (!).

Think about it. Fergie has won every competition under the sun; and a large number of them more than once, and is the longest serving manager that United have ever had. He has created arguably one of the best football sides that this country has ever seen in the shape of the ’99 treble winning side; Won the Premiership eleven times, the F.A Cup five, the League Cup four, and the European Cup twice. The result of these achievements? The Queen awarded him a knighthood in 1999. So how do you follow a figure that has all of those credentials? Quite simply, if you have an ounce of intelligence, you don’t.

Imagine that Jose came in and took the job. Unquestionably he is an exceptional manager with an enormously talented footballing brain. Nevertheless, if United had a bad first season with a new gaffer, which is feasible after such an extensive time of being managed by the same man, Jose’s unblemished career would most probably be tarnished for the rest of his career.

Contrast this with the appointment of Alan Pardew as manager of the Red Devils. Quite clearly, the appointment would not secure a huge amount of optimism with the United faithful (it seems that only Mike Ashley believes that he is a Premier League Manager), and thus there would be minimal expectation for the success of the club that season. So, once Pardew has inevitably failed with his opportunity after just one year in charge, the door is then opened to Jose to ‘save’ the club. Therefore, Mourinho’s success as Manchester United manager will not be weighed up against Alex Ferguson’s virtually flawless career, but instead, the rather short yardstick that was the ‘Black Year’ when Alan Pardew took charge. How could he fail?

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  • Xavier

    You sir, are a moron! Mou is good enough to carry Fergies legacy. He will prop win the league in his 1st season. There is no need for united to suffer a year.

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