Harry Redknapp firmly believes that Alan Pardew would be more than capable of winning a Premier League title, albeit not with Crystal Palace.
Having seen the furore that has surrounded the arrival of Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside, the former Tottenham boss has been speaking about the fine job Alan Pardew has been doing in SE25, claiming that, were he to be given the chance to impress in one of the country’s top jobs, he’d flourish.
Whilst so many of the game’s most prostigeous clubs employ non-English managers, Redknapp is certainly right to suggest that the job Pardew has done over the years is worthy of genuine respect from across the media.
After enduring a truly tough time on Tyneside for a number of years, the 54-year-old has overseen a magnificent transformation in Palace’s fortunes since the turn of the year, cementing our place in the Premier League after arriving at a time when our status in the top flight looked questionable at best.
Of course, there will always be something slightly exotic about the potential glory a new foreign manager can bring to any club, but Pardew’s prolonged period of success should undoubtedly raise a few questions about the possibility of some lesser known names being given the chance to carve a niche for themselves within our national game. Admittedly, Pardew may represent something of a lone wolf at present, but there is nothing to suggest that others couldn’t easily follow in his footsteps.
Redknapp’s opinions may not exactly hold much weight with average football fans these days, but in truth, it’s probably the most sensible thing he’s come out with in many a year.