With new signings on the horizon in SE25, Alan Pardew has categorically ruled himself out of taking the England job in the near future.
Asked by the Daily Mail to write a regular feature during Euro 2016, Pardew has taken to the task with trademark bravado, drawing some incredibly harsh conclusions on the playing staff and coaches that were associated with the national team this summer.
Never short of confidence, Pardew is quick to highlight the instances of tactical indiscipline that have occurred with England in recent weeks, before expressing an openly negative opinion of Gary Neville’s transition from life as a pundit to that of a professional coach.
From there, he goes on to rip into Newcastle legend and BBC pundit Alan Shearer, following the former striker’s admission that he would happily take the England manager’s job jf it were offered to him by the top people at the FA. Clearly, given his lack of coaching experience at the top level, Pardew feels that Shearer’s claim is an ill-informed one and pulls no punches in making his feelings on the matter well known.
Pardew’s words have always been known to get under the skin of many, with this latest column sure to be no exception, but in ruling himself out of the running for the top job at this exact moment in time, he gives an intriguing insight into what the next few weeks may have in store for supporters of a red and blue persuasion. After six months or so of relative numbness barring our astounding FA Cup run, it certainly sounds as though things are starting to look up off the field.
There is no way to deny that Pardew is Marmite when it comes to the general perception of him in the minds of football fans across the country, but you cannot fault the man’s self-confidence in the face of obvious scrutiny, given that he makes absolutely no bones about his raw ambition to one day lead England from the dugout. Most would spew out the usual diversions but not Alan, who in the process of naming his personal choice to succeed Roy Hodgson, gives the impression that the man in question would only be keeping the seat warm for him until he was ready to fully take charge.
In his head, The Pardew/England Revolution will be an unprecedented success as and when the time arrives and perhaps he’s right, but for now, his words allude to the extremely important business of steering the Crystal Palace ship over the next year or so, alongside the always joyous pastime of taking brutal shots at Alan Shearer.