Photography by Philip Haynes

Alan Pardew

West Ham, 2003-2006

“I walked into that changing room with some real senior pros who did not want to be at West Ham. They were talking down to me, and trying to be problematic”

Before accepting his highest profile managerial position at Newcastle United, Alan Pardew built his reputation at Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton. He led West Ham to within minutes of winning the FA Cup against Liverpool in one of the most memorable finals of all, before experiencing the dramatic and unexpected arrivals of Argentina internationals Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez.

If that reputation survived him being sacked by West Ham, at Charlton and Southampton, despite periods of promise, Pardew encountered further difficulties that led to further dismissals, potentially jeopardising his ambitions. Speaking exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice, he revisits that period of his career – including how he felt when Steven Gerrard transformed that cup final in 2006.

Alan Pardew

Chris Powell

First taste

Chris Powell revisits the time spent at Leicester under Nigel Pearson and Sven-Göran Eriksson that prepared him for his success at Charlton
Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew was at Newcastle United when they beat Manchester United 3-0 in January 2012. He revisits their successful tactics

Pass it on

Lee Bowyer impressively led Charlton to promotion to the Championship, and discusses how his days as a player helped shape his approach to coaching