The 2011-12 Premier League Manager of the Season – awarded after finishing fifth with Newcastle United – Alan Pardew has also taken the reins of Reading, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and ADO Den Haag. He has managed in more than 800 matches.
Pardew has twice reached the FA Cup final as a manager, with West Ham in 2006 and Palace in 2016. He has won promotion with Reading and West Ham, and the Football League Trophy with Southampton.
Pardew began his managerial career with a successful four-year stint at Reading. He arrived at the newly-built Madejski Stadium in October 1999 and took the Royals from mid-table mediocrity in the third tier to the brink of the Premier League. Twelve months after a heart-breaking 3-2 defeat by Walsall in the Division Two play-off he guided them to automatic promotion to Division One. The following season Reading finished fourth – but were beaten by Wolves in the play-offs.
In October 2003 West Ham United came calling for Pardew – just months after their relegation from the Premier League. Within two years the Hammers were back in the top flight – with Pardew again gaining promotion via the play-offs. In his first Premier League campaign he steered his side to ninth place and an FA Cup final, which they lost in a dramatic penalty shoot-out to Liverpool.
Pardew departed Upton Park in December 2006 but was in demand joining struggling Charlton Athletic 15 days later. Pardew oversaw an upturn in form but could not save them. Pardew departed in November 2008, joining Southampton the following summer.
The recently-relegated Saints started the season with a 10-point deficit after they were punished for breaching insolvency regulations. They went on to finish seven points shy of the League One play-off places but won the Football League Trophy at Wembley.
Pardew’s performance at St Mary’s caught the eye of Newcastle United. He arrived at St James’ Park in December 2010 and achieved a 12th-place finish in his first season with the Magpies, lifting them to fifth the following years, Newcastle’s highest position for seven years. His achievements saw him honoured by the Premier League and the League Managers Association, receiving each of their Manager of the Year awards.
Newcastle finished 16th and 10th in the following two seasons before Pardew departed St James’ for Selhurst Park in January 2015 – just weeks after winning the Premier League Manager of the Month for the third time in his career.
Formerly on Palace’s books as a player – famously scoring the goal against Liverpool that took them to the 1990 FA Cup final – Pardew took over at Selhurst Park with the Eagles in 18th position. He guided the Eagles to 10th at the end of the term – their highest finish in the Premier League. A 15th-placed finish in the 2015-16 campaign was accompanied by an FA Cup Final appearance at Wembley, but the Eagles lost 2-1 in extra time against Manchester United. Pardew parted company with Palace on 22 December 2016.
He has subsequently managed West Brom in 2017-18 and Dutch club ADO Den Haag in 2019-20. However, that role was cut short when the Eredivisie was curtailed by the Coronavirus pandemic.