A midfield dynamo during his playing days, Alan Pardew has since become one of the most respected managers in the English Premier League.
Alan Pardew began his playing career in Whyteleafe whilst working as a cab driver and a glazier, and later, due to his outstanding midfielder skills, he was invited to Yeovil Town, where he played one season. In 1988/1999, Alan and his new team, Crystal Palace, were promoted to the Championship. During the five years he had at the club, Pardew made 150 appearances in different tournaments and netted 12 goals.
In November 1991, Alan signed a contract with Charlton Athletic and became the top goalscorer of the 1992/1993 season. In 1995, he went on loan to Tottenham Hotspur and found the net a further 26 times.
After rejecting an opportunity to play in Hong Kong, he then moved to Barnet, becomming a player-coach under manager Terry Bullivant. When Bullivant moved to Reading in 1997, he took Pardew with him as reserve-team manager.
Pardew’s first experience as manager came in March 1998 when he was appointed as caretaker after the departure of Bullivant. After the appointment of Tommy Burns he remained as reserve team manager until the end of the 1998–99 season, but was soon promoted to manager of the club after a successful spell as caretaker. He turned the club around from relegation fighters to promotion candidates through players, such as Jamie Cureton, and his focus on fitness.
Early into the 2003–04 season, West Ham United asked Reading permission to appoint Pardew as their new manager. Although Reading refused permission, Pardew resigned from his position forcing the issue. Eventually, a compromise agreement was reached allowing Pardew to become manager at West Ham.
After Chris Hughton was sacked as manager of Newcastle United in late 2010, the club confirmed Pardew as the club’s new manager on a 5 1⁄2-year deal.
As manager of Newcastle, he won both the Premier League Manager of the Season and the LMA Manager of the Year awards for the 2011–12 season after guiding the Magpies to European football for the first time since the club’s return to the Premier League.
Return to Crystal Palace
On 2 January 2015, Pardew was confirmed as the new Crystal Palace manager, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with the club.
In his first match in charge, Palace won 4–0 away to Conference club Dover Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup. His first league match in charge was a 2–1 home win against Tottenham Hotspur. Crystal Palace continued in fine form under Pardew with two successive wins, including a 3–2 victory over Southampton to advance into the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Pardew went on to guide Crystal Palace to their best ever Premier League finish of tenth place.