Why are Allardyce and Pardew still seen as progressive?

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So, Sam Allardyce is given his cards yet again, this time at Everton. The fourth job in succession where he’s either been sacked or left via ‘mutual consent.’ Sacked in other words.

Alan Pardew was given the old heave-ho a few weeks ago, and incredibly West Bromwich Albion’s fortunes took a sharp upturn after he’d left.

What is difficult to understand is why the pair, and others of their ilk, continue to be seen as somewhat progressive and are almost the first port of call when Premier League coaching jobs are available.

Overlooking Allardyce’s penchant for a quick few hundred thousand which in itself is a thorny issue, to essentially bring in someone whose best years in management were almost two decades ago and expect them to perform miracles is asking for trouble.

He’s nothing but a saviour, and from the route one school at that.

His teams play as he did. Physically imposing, limited in their capabilities, but willing to battle all day long. Just the ingredients required if you’re in the midst of a relegation battle or need promoting from the lower leagues.

But a European push? Don’t make me laugh.

The Dudley-born former central defender likes to use ProZone and the odd sports science methodology to help get his points and tactics across, but he’s still the same old northern hoofer underneath the Emperor’s new clothes.

And yet, clubs are still falling for it. His agent must be on huge bunce because he’s the true miracle worker here.

Everton, like Crystal Palace, Sunderland and West Ham before them, now have to honour the outrageous contract that was negotiated whilst poring over what exactly they’ve paid him for, for the last six months.

Pardew is cut from the same cloth as Allardyce. Arguably, his last successful stint at any club came at West Ham, where he took them to the 2006 FA Cup final.

Only Steven Gerrard’s desire on the day took Liverpool to the promised land because for long periods, the Hammers were the better team in what has since been labelled the best-ever FA Cup final.

The following season, he took the Hammers on their worst run of defeats in 70 years, but somehow this was enough to convince Charlton Athletic to hire him just a fortnight after his dismissal in east London.

Charlton were in dire straits when he took them over, so their subsequent relegation can’t be pinned on him, but eight games without a win saw them in the Championship’s bottom three. Off he went again.

Southampton was his next port of call but player unrest and low staff morale, allegedly because of Pardew’s insistence at following outdated and unworkable methods, saw a swift exit.

Quite how he then went on to land one of the biggest jobs in the country – Newcastle United – is anyone’s guess… though they did also employ Allardyce!

A four-year stay wasn’t overly successful and neither did his stint at Crystal Palace where, finally, a chairman hit the nail on the head. Steve Parish said of Pardew “his style of football hasn’t and doesn’t work.” Hallelujah.

Five months at West Brom was more than enough for the Baggies, Pardew leaving the club at the foot of the table and 10 games without a win. Their relegation, despite Darren Moore’s best efforts, was ultimately down to Pardew.

Both Allardyce and Pardew are relics from the past, trying to make themselves relevant in a game that’s now far ahead of their level of understanding. Simply put, football has moved on. They haven’t.

There’s a reason why the pair keep being sacked from each club that offer them a route back, but perhaps their reputations are now so tarnished that everyone has learnt their lesson.

One can only hope.

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Euro Fantasy League Podcast – Episode 13 – Salah, Mauro Icardi & Cristiano Ronaldo Dominate the Goals & Dave’s Sunderland Song

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Welcome back to the Euro Fantasy League Podcast! In the latest instalment, the lads discuss the goals galore from the likes of Mo Salah, Mauro Icardi & Cristiano Ronaldo, look ahead to the international break and talk about the song Dave has written about Sunderland, which went viral and featured on lots of local press a few days ago.

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Euro Fantasy League Podcast – Episode 12 – Wenger & Arsenal Marriage on the Rocks? Plus, A Tribute to Davide Astori

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The lads return with the latest installment of the Euro Fantasy League Podcast where they give props to Juventus star Paulo Dybala, take a look at the history of SPAL and try to look ahead to West Brom’s chances.

Following a discussion on Arsene Wenger’s status and relationship with Arsenal, the lads award their Best XI of the Weekend captaincy to late Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, and pay tribute to the 31-year-old.

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The Managerial Merry-Go-Round – Are Managers Always To Blame?

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The FA Cup is renowned across the world for it’s “magic” – that intangible quality which, on occasion, allows a lower league club to up their game and put up a good battle for victory over a team of, say, highly paid international stars.

We saw that this past weekend, with several notable “giant-killings” taking place in what seems to be something of an annual tradition. One of these, as it transpires, would prove to be the straw that broke the camel’s back this time. Continue reading

Euro Fantasy League Podcast – Episode 6 – Gennaro Gattuso’s Strange Feelings As Alberto Brignoli Scores In Benevento’s Draw With Milan

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Dave takes the lead in this episode as Jamie loses his voice. The lads discuss Gennaro Gattuso’s bizarre claims about how he feels after Milan draw with Benevento, after Alberto Brignoli scores a late equaliser.

Dave offers his candid views on the England national team, and the managerial merry-go-round gets the treatment once again as Alan Pardew is installed as West Brom manager.

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