Alan Pardew has refused to rule himself out of the running for the England manager’s job after some bookies installed him as the favourite to take over from Roy Hodgson following the conclusion of Euro 2016 next summer.
When pressed for a comment on the speculation, Pardew was quick to claim that the current process was flawed, focussing far too heavily on an attempt to build a squad, rather than taking it on a year by year basis.
Pardew’s views are at odds with many across the game, who believe that only way to ensure success will be as a result of a cohesive tactical plan, set out by a manager and his coaching staff over a number of years.
Raising questions over the feasibility of such a system, the Palace boss is right to pick fault in those assumptions, viewing the country’s top job as one you should earn a crack at, before passing over the baton in the event of failure.
His managerial viewpoint isn’t one which is driven by short-termism in the slightest, with his ambitions at domestic level having seen him stick it out at Newcastle for far longer then many thought he would, before putting down roots in SE25 which we as supporters hope will lead to a lasting stint in the dugout. That being said, he clearly views the international scene as a markedly different animal, requiring a sense of immediacy and ruthless decision making unlike anything you will be asked to do whilst in charge of a club.
His comments are both refreshing and reassuring for Crystal Palace fans who are already fearing his departure next summer, given the fact that he and the FA appear to be on a totally different wavelength over the best plan of action for England’s managerial strategy in years to come.