‘Eddie Howe hasn’t been in charge of a club like Newcastle… it’s hard!’ Alan Pardew on torment at the Toon, his new gig in Bulgaria – and the quest for one more big job in English football

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  • Alan Purdue managed Newcastle United first and guided them to fifth
  • They also made it to the quarter-finals of the Europa League during Purdue’s time.
  • Purdue says Eddie Howe will find it ‘difficult’ because he hasn’t managed a ‘big club’
  • Pardew also says this Newcastle team looks ‘small’ and needs new players

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Alan Purdue takes refuge in a coffee shop just north of the Arctic Circle, to avoid a bitter wind whistling through the streets of the Norwegian city of Bodo.

CSKA Sofia is preparing for a Europa Conference league match and their director of football has spent a year helping one of Europe’s great names, the 31-time national champions, get them into the Bulgarian third tier after the financial meltdown. Put. Football in 2015.

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‘This club has had great moments in the past, famous games against Liverpool and Bayern Munich, but it goes a long, long way there,’ tells Purdue sportsmail, ‘This level is appropriate for us at the moment and it is important. The difference between qualifying and not qualifying for Europe could be as much as half a million pounds.’

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Alan Purdue previously managed Newcastle United and guided them to fifth place

He also made the last eight in the Europa League while at the top during Purdue (middle) time

He also made the last eight in the Europa League while at the top during Purdue (middle) time

CSKA registered a 2-0 drop in sub-zero temperatures on an artificial pitch in Bodo/Glimt, but Monday’s clash between Ludogorets, the Bulgarian champions for the past 10 years, was already big. ‘That’s our biggest goal,’ says Purdue.

‘We are playing catch-up. And Ludogorets owns the TV company with the rights to Bulgarian football, so we have to play upstairs. How can I correct this?

‘But we won the cup last season and beat them in the semi-finals and we will drive them closer this season. We have built a good team on a very low budget and these one-on-one games will probably decide where the title goes.

More than three years have passed since Pardew worked in English football. He was sacked after five months by West Bromwich Albion, who were unable to save them from a terrible start to their 2017–18 campaign.

Purdue says Eddie Howe (above) will find it 'difficult' because he hasn't managed a 'big club'

Purdue says Eddie Howe (above) will find it ‘difficult’ because he hasn’t managed a ‘big club’

“I feel a little sad because, for whatever reason, people turned their backs on me after West Brom,” says the 60-year-old. ‘As a manager you can be treated badly. See David Moyes at Sunderland and now see him at West Ham. He has been given one more chance.

Pardew and Moyes’ managerial careers unfolded in parallel, starting with the third tier in the 1990s, and winning promotion with Reading and Preston respectively before making the move to the Premier League.

David is a great guy, perfect for West Ham. He has a good hand this time and can play it well because he has the quality and experience. I didn’t get that chance again and I hope it comes because I’m still hungry. I’m not worried about going back in. I can do good work.’

Pardew has brought success to most of the clubs he manages. Promotions with Reading, FA Cup finals with West Ham and Crystal Palace, silverware in Southampton for the first time in 34 years.

At Newcastle, his team finished fifth, and moved into the Europa League in the last eight before star players Demba Baa and Yohan Kabaye were sold, and supporters replaced him as an agent for insignificant boss Mike Ashley. Known?

Pardew also says Newcastle team (above) 'look younger' and need new players

Pardew also says Newcastle team (above) ‘look younger’ and need new players

However, he says it will be difficult to acquire new players in the January transfer window.

However, he says it will be difficult to acquire new players in the January transfer window.

‘Newcastle were ninth when I left but it was the right move because the fans were with me. I might be the only person who really knew what Steve Bruce was doing because the same thing happened to me because of Mike.

‘Monday to Friday was no problem, it was a lovely experience, dear people. Then Saturday comes and you have to win.

‘Eddie Howe, with all due respect, has not managed a big club and that would be difficult, especially because the team is less visible. He needs personnel and he is hard in January.

‘Newcastle fans are dreaming of an era when they can compete with the top clubs they have never had under the mic. Now it is up to them whether the new owners are true to their word. Best wishes to them. With great finances and support, Eddie has every chance to make the club a success and I really hope he makes it happen.’

In 2014, Pardew was set to pull out of Tyneside, leaving for Palace to finish 10th.

“I needed a new challenge and it was the right move,” he says. ‘I would equate that season to the season when we finished fifth under different conditions. Somebody said I was the only manager to have two sides in the Premier League in one season.

Pardew has provided success to most of the clubs he manages: promotion with Reading, FA Cup finals with West Ham and Palace and Silverware at Southampton for the first time in 34 years

Pardew has provided success to most of the clubs he manages: promotion with Reading, FA Cup finals with West Ham and Palace and Silverware at Southampton for the first time in 34 years

A year later and he was leading his team to face Manchester United at Wembley. “We have done an amazing job to get there,” he says.

When Jason Punchian led Palace with 12 minutes remaining, Purdue performed a now-infamous touchline boogie, a shoulder-twisting shuffle that became an internet sensation and haunted him. ‘It lasted about three seconds but in super slo-mo it feels like it’s going on forever. Looks like I think we’ve won it.

‘Maybe this is an example of how social media can hurt you because it hurt me. Anyone who knows me will tell you that this isn’t really a reflection of me. I am more professional than him.

Juan Mata equalized and Jesse Lingard won it late in extra time with echoes of 1990, when Purdue was a Palace player, seven minutes after his FA Cup final victory when Mark Hughes equalized and United won again. achieved.

Then there was 2006. They led West Ham 3–2 against Liverpool in the 91st minute of the FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium, when Steven Gerrard scored from 30 yards.

‘What can you do? Tactically, we install right. The players did a great job. We couldn’t have come any closer. Luck. I’ve been unlucky in the cup and it’s painful.

Newcastle United are set to take on Mikel Arteta's Arsenal side at lunchtime Saturday

Newcastle United are set to take on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side at lunchtime Saturday

‘For the club and the fans, it’s huge. You can’t price the feeling of going to the FA Cup Final. Even in defeat it has become iconic for West Ham fans. You won’t believe how many people want to talk to me about this every time I go there. they loved it.’

West Ham lost on penalties and the manager left before the end of the year, ousted by the new owners, a consortium of Icelandic bankers led by Eggert Magnussen. ‘The Egg,’ Purdue quipped. ‘From the day he came in, we never went ahead and told me he didn’t like the eight members of my team.’

After heartbreak, abuse and difficult bosses, it must be tempting to sit tight in an executive role where the tension of expectation is firmly with CSKA manager Stoiko Mladenov.

Pardew has, among other things, to keep them busy, is actively involved in the planning stages of a new stadium, bringing experience from England, media duties and recruiting. On the horizon is a scouting mission for Morocco.

Yet ambition burns, fueled by an encounter with Roy Hodgson last month, when he was among the guests as Crystal Palace opened its new £20million academy.

‘I want to manage again,’ Purdue insists. ‘I look at Roy, who coached Palace in his 70s with real credit, and I think it might give me another 10 years.

‘I am enjoying the role and it works well for me. The manager has my full support and I know the pressure he is under. I am not trying to take his place, but if there is an opportunity somewhere else which has given me a good hand, I want to take it.

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