The new owner of West Ham was slightly lampooned because he made his money from biscuits and had been chairman of the Icelandic FA.
In that way the English tend to do, he was dismissed because he’s a foreigner.
Well he may have made his money in an unglamorous way, and he may have run one of the smaller football associations (although no doubt England would have lost to them), but he’s clearly no fool.
You don’t pay £100m for a football club, in the world’s richest league, and then have to put up with the worry of seeing your side slide down the league.
The easiest solution – sack the manager.
It may to harsh, it may be unfair, but it is the reality.
Truth be told, Alan Pardew always had an uneasy relationship with the West Ham supporters. He wasn’t their first choice when he took over, and he only partially won them over by getting them back into the Premiership.
The relationship got better when he took them to the FA Cup final, but even with the legitimate excuses he has for their failure this season (injuries, the arrival of the Argentinians, the takeover saga), discontent has been growing.
Pardew is like many British managers - the line between success and failure is getting thinner all the time, and it is hard as a supporter to really know how good they are until a crisis happens.
The true ability of the likes of Ferguson and Wenger has been shown in the last few seasons as they have had to deal with the changes in football – not least Chelsea’s money – and they have rebuilt sides which hold much promise for the future.
The smart money to replace Pardew is Curbishley, but I suspect he is much of the same as far as managerial qualities go.
He kept Charlton together by the skin of his teeth but was never able to build them into a trophy winning side.
He obviously felt his ‘strength’ to keep this going was running out and had told Charlton he didn’t want to stay on after the end of this season when his contract expired. Iain Dowie found how tough the job is.
West Ham is a tough job, not one that Alan Curbishley is up to. I reckon West Ham should follow the Spurs model and go abroad.
Like it or not, it’s going to be a long time before the Hammers are blowing bubbles again. So let them eat biscuits instead.
Lawrence Gosling is group editorial director at Incisive Media (publisher of IFAonline).
The views expressed are those of the author and not those of the company he represents.IFAonline
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