Alan Pardew Eyes Norwich Job – Norwich Should Look Elsewhere

Former Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is keen on the vacant managerial job at Norwich. Yet to be approached by the club, Pardew is interested to hear about the club’s plans and ambitions to return to the Premier League. Pardew, who was sacked by Crystal Palace in December is understood to be interested in knowing what the club’s board would provide to help them mount a challenge for promotion next season.

Norwich sacked Alex Neil on Friday after two years in charge of the club. During his time at the club Neil guided Norwich to the Premier League, unable to keep them in the top flight, Norwich were once again play Championship football this season. With the club unlikely to finish in the play-off places, Norwich decided to act by parting ways with Alex Neil.

If Norwich want to be promoted next season, they should look at other options. Derby have approached Gary Rowett about their vacant managerial job, Norwich should do the same. Rowett is a good manager, one who would fit in perfectly at Carrow Road, Rowett was harshly sacked by Birmingham City earlier in the season after guiding the club to within touching distance of the play-off places.

Alan Pardew tends to have a good first 18 months in charge of a side, after that period his teams decline dramatically. During his time at Newcastle he guided the team to a 5th placed finish. That was the only high however, the rest of his time at the club was spent fighting relegation. During the 2013/14 season Newcastle endured a miserable run of form losing 15 of 21 matches. A similar occurrence at Crystal Palace followed. Pardew guided Palace to their best ever finish in the Premier League (10th place). However, Pardew and Palace had a poor start to the current season. Over the calendar year of 2016, Crystal Palace had only won 6 games of the 36 played in 2016.

Whether it is a case of Pardew’s limited tactics becoming found out over a period of time, or whether he alienates the dressing room. Norwich should look elsewhere for a manager, Alan Pardew is not the right man for the Canaries. This is by no means an attack on Alan Pardew, I actually like him as a person. The problem is, Pardew does not have a plan B, he sticks to the same game-plan which makes it easier for the opposition to expose the weaknesses of his teams.

Norwich have surprised me this season, I was sure they would be right up there challenging for promotion. Whatever the reasons behind Norwich’s current position, it was the correct decision to let Alex Neil go – The club is in need of fresh ideas.