Alan Pardew, a former professional football and current manager of West Bromwich Albion. The former midfielder played 299 games scoring 32 times during his playing career. Widely recognised as a manager, Pardew has managed 7 clubs most notably West Ham United and Newcastle United. Pardew has been involved in three FA CUP Finals throughout his career, once a player for Crystal Palace and twice while managing West Ham United in 2006 and 2016. Achieving promotion on 3 occasions, once as a player at Crystal Palace and twice as manager with Reading and West Ham United.
During his time in charge of Newcastle United, Pardew won both the Premier League Manager of the Season and the LMA Manager of the year awards after guiding the team back to European football for the first time since their re-emergence to the Premier League. In January 2015, Pardew was unveiled as the new Crystal Palace manager, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with the club. Alan’s first game in charge came just two days after his appointment and resulted in a 4-0 victory away to Dover Athletic in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Having further success with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in his first league game in charge at the club, Pardew led the Glaziers to a top 10 finish in the Premier League, their best ever finish in the league. The Daily Mirror later revealed that Pardew became the first player to take over a Premier League club that were in the relegation zone and guide them to a top half finish. In a managerial career filled with trials and tribulations, with moments of brilliance, Pardew eventually joined the Sky Sports punditry team during a brief spell without a club.
This role was hugely beneficial for Sky Sports and its viewers allowing for a true managerial insight into the game and an analytical viewpoint of a manager with vast experience. Pardew’s talents were then identified once again as he was appointed as the new manager of West Bromwich Albion. With a host of experiences formed through various facets of the game, Pardew has an incredible amount of knowledge which he can brilliantly portray to an audience. His ability to be motivational and his understanding of leadership coupled with the fact he fully understands the requirements of the process and operating systems essential for success make Pardew a fantastic after dinner speak for business along with having the ability to engage audiences in his area of expertise as a football speaker.