Alan Pardew enjoyed his first experiences of coaching with Reading after finishing his playing career at the club. He had two spells as caretaker manager and one season spent as reserve team manager before being appointed to the top job and he subsequently led the first-team to automatic promotion to Division One in 2002 and to a fourth place finish the following season.
Becoming manager of West Ham in 2003 and reaching the play-offs in his first season in charge, he led the Hammers to promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in his second season. His successes at West Ham included guiding the club to the 2006 FA Cup Final, narrowly losing on penalties to Liverpool after a 3-3 draw.
Pardew was appointed manager of Premier League Charlton Athletic in December 2006. He subsequently became manager of Southampton, where he enjoyed success as his team won the 2010 Football League Trophy.
His career highlights also include winning the Premier League Manager of the Season award in 2012 when he was at Newcastle. He also won the LMA’s Manager of the Year award the same season. He subsequently moved to Selhurst Park and led Crystal Palace to the 2016 FA Cup Final. His career in coaching has also included spells in charge of West Brom and ADO Den Haag.