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Southampton Relieve Pardew Of All Duties

This news has come like a bolt out of the blue and is a complete surprise coming as it does after such a fine win on Saturday.

This a decision that has been reported as coming after a review of the current status in and around the first team.

The club has reached the decision that to fulfill the asparations of the five year plan, immediate action needed to be taken.

The Manager Alan Pardew, First Team Coach Wally Downes and Goalkeeping Coach Stuart Murdoch have all been relieved of their duties.

The club stressed that it understood that frequent changes to management are unlikely to assist us in winning trophies and promotions.

They have set targets which we all know about and to reach them this difficult decision has been made.

This step we have been told is to further the aims that both us the fans and the club hold. Promotion is the aim for this season and stability and progress along all fronts for the future.

Thanking the three men for their endeavours the club added that they wish them well for the future.

Dean Wilkins has taken on the caretaker role of First Team Manager and he will be assisted by Martin Hunter the Under 21 coach.

The club added that it has already started evaluating the candidates and longer term requirements.

For the full statement click here

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Writer: SFC Forever Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 30 2010

Time: 10:37AM

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To say that this has come as a surprise is a complete and total understatement. I am gob-smacked. While there has been occasion to query some of his decisions there has been a major improvement to the strength of the squad.
SFC Forever
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30/08/2010 10:52:00

Alan did a fairly good job for us and built a side that should be more than capable of winning us promotion from this league. Now we have to wait to see who will be coming in. Hopefully it won't take long.
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30/08/2010 11:00:00

It's a hard life being a Football manager but well rewarded and Southampton will be a positive addition to Pardew's CV. He's had mixed reviews here and I'm sure there will be knives out for Cortese in certain quarters. It's sad to see him go because I think he's done a good job but as he's been given the best squad in the division it's not unreasonable to expect the best results. The chairman obviously thinks he hasn't matched those expectations.
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30/08/2010 11:03:00

Pompey fan here in peace...are your directors MAD!!! Youwerethe best team inthat division last year, and favourites to go up this year...I suppose we both have suffered from numpties running our clubs of late...well good luck in the new appointment...Paul Hart needs a job
plymouth graham
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30/08/2010 11:05:00

Next appointment will tell a huge story, if it is a journeyman manager, fear the worst, money men in charge look for ways to earn money, not to invest it in football which has little return
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30/08/2010 11:17:00

Apparently some "training ground unrest" was behind this, according to the Guardian. Odd one!
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30/08/2010 11:45:00

what a strange decision. he nearly got you in a play off berth after points deduction and you will there or thereabouts this time. he must have had some sort of bust up.
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30/08/2010 12:25:00

Similar mystery to O'Neills exit from Villa. Shows signs of backroom disagreements, maybe over transfers. As per above, the next appointment will give an indication as to whether this was pre-planned.
St Alexis
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30/08/2010 13:04:00

We have certainly got to find a manager with better credentials than Pards. But that won't be easy and I really hope Nicola knows something we don't.
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30/08/2010 13:55:00

I am not surprised Pardew has gone but am by the timing. At the end of the season would have done for me as I said at the time. He failed to get us into the play-offs even after spending so much for this standard and has paid the price.
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30/08/2010 15:00:00

Sounds like it's the chairman & board should have been shown the door, not the management. Here's hoping you can bounce back to the Championship, although I find it difficult to see this season due to this recent odd strategy. A Swansea fan...
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30/08/2010 15:21:00

Madness. Full stop.
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30/08/2010 19:45:00

I was surprised when I heard the news today!
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30/08/2010 20:55:00

A lot of people have stopped me in the street to ask why but that is probably never really going to be known fully.
SFC Forever
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30/08/2010 21:26:00

I'm speechless, win 4-0 and you get sacked, there has to be underlying motives, maybe Markus was keeping him in his job and now Cortese thinks he has full control. Good luck, hope your board don't cock up any further on this.
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30/08/2010 22:35:00

I'm not sure anyone really knows how good (or bad) Pards really is, he always seems to get to manage teams in desparate situations, with the board threatening to sack him...look at his CV, and now it's "deja vu "
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