Alan Pardew in statistics
Posted on May 1st, 2013 | 52 Comments |
As some of you may know already, Newcastle United’s Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, is a huge fan of statistics. Indeed, most managers are nowadays in their bid to get that little bit of edge on the competition. Well in this story I will turn the tables, taking a look at the vital statistics of the stat master himself.
So without further ado, let’s get stuck in!
To provide some perspective, the win percentages for recent Newcastle United managers who spent the equivalent of a whole season or more leading the Magpies in the Premiership include Sir Bobby Robson (46.66%), Glenn Roeder (45.83%), Graeme Souness (43.37%), Kenny Dalglish (38.46%) and Ruud Gullit (34.61%).
Breaking it down, his Premier League win percentage was 36.36% with West Ham (P 55, W 20, D 9, L 26), 26.32% with Charlton (P 19, W 5, D 7, L 7) and 36.84% with Newcastle United (P 95, W 35, D 24, L 36).
The first figures are the win percentages for Pardew’s first season in the Premier League with West Ham, followed by the second season where he was eventually sacked, with Alan Curbishley having to come in and rescue the club from a seemingly unstoppable death spiral. The next figure is the win percentage of his first full Premier League season with Newcastle United, followed by the next season (this one so far). In his only other Premier League spell (with Charlton), he was relegated after only 19 games.
In his first Premiership season with West Ham (P 38, W 16, D 7, L 15), Pardew won an average of 1.45 points per Premier League game, but in the second (P 17, W 4, D 3, L 11) it was only 0.88 points per game up to the point where he was sacked by the club’s new Icelandic owners. This means that if Alan Pardew had finished that 2006-7 season with the same form, he would have ended it with a total of around 33-34 points, which would have seen them relegated in 19th place. With Alan Curbishley’s firm hand on the tiller however they eventually rallied, actually finishing in 15th with 41 points. Curbishley subsequently took them to 10th the season after with 49 points, but then did a Keegan, walking out and suing the club over interference in the squad which breached the terms of his contract.
Looking at the same figures for his first full season at Newcastle United (P 38, W 19, D 8, L 11), the Magpies won a mighty 1.71 points per game in Pardew’s first full season at St James’ Park. However, they have ony won a mere 1.06 points per game in this season so far, which has the team scheduled to finish this season on only around 40 points and touch and go for relegation, with Pardew touch and go for keeping his job.
Pardew’s Premier League finishes so far have been 9th, sacked (West Ham), 19th and relegated (Charlton Athletic), and 12th and 5th with Newcastle United with points totals of 46 (2010-11) and 65 (2011-12).
In the two Premiership seasons where he managed a club from start to finish, he finished 9th with 55 points for West Ham in the 2005–06 season, and as mentioned above, 5th with 65 points for Newcastle in the 2011-12 season.
The biggest victory was his 5-0 defeat of West Ham with Newcastle United at St James’ Park on the 3th January 2011. The goalscorers were Leon Best (18, 39, 60), Kevin Nolan (44) and Peter Løvenkrands (63).
Pardew’s biggest Premier League defeat was a 0-6 drubbing of his Newcastle United team by Liverpool on the 28th April 2013. This was Newcastle United’s worst home defeat in 87 years.
The highest scoring Premiership game involving Pardew as a manager was Arsenal’s 7-3 defeat of Pardew’s Newcastle United at Ashburton Grove on the 29th December, 2012.
In 2006 Pardew said of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal:
“I saw a headline saying Arsenal are flying the flag for Britain, I kind of wondered where that British involvement actually was when I looked at their team. It’s important clubs, especially top clubs, don’t lose sight of the that. It’s the English Premier League and English players should be involved.”
According to football tranfer website “Tranfermarkt” Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United has the seventh most valuable side in the Premiership with a total estmated value of around £155 million.
The six above the Magpies are Manchester City (£380 million), Manchester United (£370 million), Chelsea (£340 million), Arsenal (£250 million), Tottenham (£235 million) and Liverpool (£215 million). The closest behind Newcastle United are Everton (£120 million) and Sunderland (£105 million).
Meanwhile, the Premiership paupers are Reading (£39 million) and Chris Hughton’s Norwich City (£57 million). Hence, this season so far, Pardew’s Toon predecessor has actually managed to do better with a £57 million Norwich squad (14th) than Pardew has with his £155 million Newcastle United squad (16th).
This was his big money move from Yeovil Town to Crystal Palace on March 17, 1987. All his other transfers were free or on loan.
The nine teams Alan Pardew played for in his 18 year playing career as a journeyman midfielder were Whyteleafe (1980–1981), Epsom & Ewell (1981–1983), Corinthian Casuals (1983–1984), Dulwich Hamlet (1984–1986), Yeovil Town (1986–1987), Crystal Palace (1987–1991), Charlton Athletic (1991–1995), Barnet (1995–1997) and finally, Reading (1997–1998).
It was at Barnet where Pardew got his first break as a coach and Reading where he eventually became a full manager in 1999.
That was almost ten years ago in the 2003-4 season, but the curse was finally ended when the younger silver Supremo managed to ride the Toon tiger for the whole of the 2011-12 Premier League season without being sacked or leaving by mutual agreement.
Inbetween Sir Bobby’s sacking on the 30th August 2004, and Pardew starting work on the 9th December 2010, there has been Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Nigel Pearson (Caretaker), Sam Allardyce, Nigel Pearson (Caretaker), Kevin Keegan, Chris Hughton (Caretaker), Joe Kinnear (Interim), Alan Shearer (Interim) and Chris Hughton, a total of 11 managerial changes in slightly over six years.
Between Robson and Pardew, Newcastle United’s longest serving manager was Graeme Souness, who managed to keep his post for 1 year, 4 months and 20 days (13th September 2004 to 2 February 2006). Souness didn’t quite manage a whole season though, being appointed to replace Bobby Robson only four games into the 2004-5 season, and being sacked in the February of the next one.
Glenn Roeder almost made it for a whole season. However, after a 2-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers in Newcastle United’s penultimate game of the 2006-7 season, he was called to a meeting of the Toon Politburo on the 6th May, 2007, where he resigined and left the club by mutual consent. The club’s last game of the season against Watford was managed by caretaker, Nigel Pearson.
Pardew’s first encounter in the playoffs was with his Division Two Reading in 2001. He was defeated 3-2 by Walsall in the final, though he eventually took Reading to the giddy heights of Division One with automatic promotion in the following season. Incidentally, it was during this period when Pardew coined his motto “Tenacity, Spirit and Flair” to describe the qualities of his teams and give them a psychological edge.
His next playoffs came with First Division (now Championship) West Ham in 2004. Pardew was thwarted once again though in this bid for glory, as the Hammers went down 0-1 to Crystal Palace in the final of that one. The Silver One eventually struck gold the season after though, defeating the lilywhites of Preston North End 1-0 in the 2005 final, making Pardew a Premiership manager for the first time.