Alan Pardew’s Latest Daily Mail Column Is Ridiculous, Even By Their Standards

0 Posted by - July 10, 2016 - Daily Thoughts, News

Somewhere in the corridors of power at the Daily Mail, the idea of giving Alan Pardew a Euro 2016 column was deemed a good idea. In his latest offering, the Palace boss has certainly made a few waves. 

This latest column from Alan Pardew is ridiculously blinkered, even by the Daily Mail’s standards. Is he after the England job?

Our gaffer is a man who can easily be put into the category of managerial Marmite in the minds of most football fans who encounter his uniquely bullish style on a regular basis via the medium of their TV screens. In a league that thrives on drama, Pardew is more than happy to play along with the rolling soap opera that the media work so hard to cultivate, as proven here by the extremely forthright nature of his comments on the England team. 

It is not stretching the point to claim that Hodgson’s England were an embarrassment in France this summer. Having edged through a group that, on paper at least, looked incredibly straightforward, our humbling at the hands of Iceland in the last 16 saw fans and journalists alike indulge in gallows humour at the team’s expense on a scale seldom seen before. 

Most sane football watchers have come to terms with the fact that something is drastically wrong at national level, even though no one has quite been able to pinpoint exactly what it is that needs to change, but in the brain of Alan Pardew, five or six England players are more than good enough to get into France’s starting XI. I’m not usually one for throwing fuel on the fire for the sake of it, but even by the sensationalist standards of the Daily Mail, that statement from Pardew is extreme. 

Forgetting the wonderful individual display of Antoine Griezmann, Hugo Lloris’ imperious performances in goal or the impressive tactical guidance offered from the sidelines from Didier Deschamps over the last month, it’s worth noting that the likes of Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery didn’t even make it into the French 23, such is the strength in depth available to them. 

I’m sure you don’t need me to explain further why Pardew’s statements above make for puzzling and in truth rather laughable reading, but we should perhaps look at them as a symptom of the undeniable arrogance that has infiltrated our footballing thinking over the last 20-30 years, rather than simply something to laugh at. 

Still, I’m sure Harry Redknapp agrees with you, Alan…

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  • Ben July 10, 2016 - 8:52 am Reply

    The problem with these newspaper articles is that you never know how much the author has had to do with it. Most of them are extensively ghostwritten by th joirnos before being shown briefly to the titled author. However, you do wonder if he’s angling for the England job!!

  • Dave July 10, 2016 - 9:06 am Reply

    Typo in the first line matey.

  • Dave July 10, 2016 - 9:10 am Reply

    I don’t think Pardew is that far off. He’s made a better argument than you at least. In Griezmann they have a world class player. The rest of the squad, at club level at least, are at the same level as our own players. Benzema has not been left out of the squad due to strength in depth…he is under investigation for blackmail. Ribery has been suffering from poor form and mentioning him as a contender to make the squad shows how out of touch you are.

    • admin July 10, 2016 - 9:17 am Reply

      Dave, if you honestly believe Sterling is more deserving of a place in an international squad that Ribery, we’ll have to agree to disagree.

      I could also suggest Lacazette, Zouma, Laporte and Hatem Ben Arfa as players who weren’t even called up that would all be deserving of a place in the England 23.

      Bit far to suggest I’m out of touch, isn’t it?

  • Spiceboy July 10, 2016 - 9:13 am Reply

    The article is not as ridiculous as his substitutions during a game now that is truly fascial. Townsend great buy but still need a striker & another centre back as alas damo is too slow. People are saying how much we have spent when u take off the Gayle money it’s only about 14 million so not much in relative terms. Please please sell Sako, ledley, macarthy & Campbell as they bring nothing to the team. Personally I would also sell Jedda as his passing is truly aweful & his too slow & we could probably get a few mil for him still

    • Sharpy July 10, 2016 - 10:01 am Reply

      We need offers to be able to sell those players and I think we may find them hard to get ! Don’t agree with Mcarthy.

      • admin July 10, 2016 - 10:02 am Reply

        Indeed, it’s about finding willing buyers at a price we deem acceptable. I rate McCarthy though.

        • Spiceboy July 10, 2016 - 10:23 am Reply

          Meant the keeper not our best midfielder

          • Sharpy July 10, 2016 - 10:29 am

            So did I

  • mike July 10, 2016 - 9:46 am Reply

    humiliation at the world cup . embarrassment at the euros . as good as france my arse.

    • Spiceboy July 10, 2016 - 10:33 am Reply

      Oh fair enough sharpy but we have two international keepers now no room for him & a drain on wages

  • Sharpy July 10, 2016 - 9:53 am Reply

    I’ve read the article a couple of time and can’t see why your getting so het up and think it so ridiculous ? What Pardew is saying is true, the England team is made up of some very good individual young players. Most of them have come through english academies and would command a starting place in any club or national team in the world but for what ever reason put them in an England shirt and they are a total and utter embarrassment to themselves and England.
    I’m sure they are all going to come back to their teams and be outstanding again next season in the prem. We can all see after how well Wales and Leicester did last year that having the best players doesn’t mean you’ll have the best team. Just look at Portugal they are not a good team but have ended up in the Euro final. If England can get the right man in charge I agree with Pardew we have the tools to do well. Not holding my breath on it mind !!

    • admin July 10, 2016 - 10:01 am Reply

      My issue with it is the claim that 5-6 England players would walk into that France team, Sharpy.

      I just don’t agree with that comment at all. Obviously, it’s easy to make counter claims from a personal viewpoint on whether say Harry Kane is better than Olivier Giroud, but I just think it’s a very blinkered and arrogant thing to say from Pardew’s standpoint.

      • Sharpy July 10, 2016 - 10:38 am Reply

        Have you ever come across a manager that isn’t arrogant ?! A group of us had this conversation last night and all agreed four of our players would get in the France team with the usual difference of opinion on which four with a few others being the same standard so as Pardew said you could put a number of our players in the France team and arguably have a stronger team but we all know thats not how it works. How I read it was he’s saying England are not a team of bad players, far from it but for whatever reason they can’t play as a team

  • Spiceboy July 10, 2016 - 10:39 am Reply

    My two cents hodgson tactics were all wrong. Kane on corners ffs, no out & out wingers, walker can’t defend for nuts, hart utter rubbish, but on paper yes some great individual players who in right system would play well & cause problems. England is England though boring passing along the back 4 until we change & become more creative we ain’t winning squat

    • Martyn July 11, 2016 - 1:02 pm Reply

      I honestly don’t think you can blame tactics for losing to a team like Iceland. England players are paid millions and are worth millions, they play in a country with a hugely competitive league system. As someone said on here they play well for their clubs through out the seasons and will again next season. Whatever formation you pick, 11 England internationals should have beaten Iceland, simple. They should have been able to go on that pitch and figure out how to stop Iceland from scoring and score more than them and that’s it. The fact is they don’t care and have absolutely no inner desire to carve out an identity and just win. For the last 2 years, or since the world cup we have been trying to steal a Spain identity, knocking the ball around and keeping possession, waiting for gaps etc. WE AREN’T SPAIN. We seem to think that knocking it across the back line, into a defensive midfielder and back to the defenders is the “possession game”, it isn’t. Every other league in Europe is far slower than the Premier League in terms of the ball going backwards and forwards, that’s because the English game is that way, Fast, attacking, down the wings, crosses into the box, grit and solid, hard defending, and that is how England should play. Not knocking the ball about the back line so we can say we should have won because look at how much possession we had, Tactics had nothing to do with the joke attempt Hart made for Iceland’s second goal, or the string of attempts our strikers simply missed, or the 5 yard passes we were unable to make. Hart thinks he is passionate and cares because he stands there and screams out the national anthem before the game. In his mind he can’t be blamed for having no Heart because he acts like an anxious idiot.

      We’re too busy trying to copy other styles of football and ultimately I think this lands on the players. Joe Hart came out afterwards and said “obviously as players we have to take some of the responsibility”, what a steaming pile of crap. They are exceptionally well trained and privileged in the world of football, all the responsibility is on them.

      • Martyn July 11, 2016 - 1:07 pm Reply

        Yes Hodgson will work on things and tactics, but ultimately it is a game of football and we had the better trained apparently better footballers. Even the poor choice of players he chose should have done better. One game all season Wilshere? Injured crap Henderson? Drinkwater wins the league with Leicester but not worth taking? No wingers? Sturridge on the wing? Insistance on using the spoilt brat fairy Sterling after poor form in the group, because he was bought for 50 million? Yes, there were silly decisions from the manager, but the 11 players on the field should have defended and attacked with their lives and for their country. Sad truth is they are all multi millionaires, comfortable with the accolades they get in the premier league and don’t give a shit.

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