It was just over 2 months ago (February 8, to be exact) that I put out the first installment of PardsWatch 2012... a story that was met with many yawns and a goblet full of "meh". I don't expect Vol. i Issue 2 to be met with any less derision, but it is a thing, and so it should be noted.
When last we left our hero, Harry Redknapp was the hands down choice of the people* and there was very real concern that if 'arry took the England post, Alan Pardew would be the first choice for the Tottenham ownership to replace him. Much has happened since then, and all of that "much" has influenced exactly where Alan Pardew stands with relation to the England job specifically. It has been widely assumed that the FA are desperate to go English with their new national team manager, and two months ago, the list included Redknapp, Pardew, Roy Hodgson and (at the time on the back of the "new manager bump" at the scum) Martin O'Neill primarily. What, you may ask, is the "much" that has happened between there and here?
*or at least that is what the media was telling people they thought as I recall from the wonders of the TwitterIn the time between the last installment and now, this has happened:
- Newcastle has taken 17 points from 9 matches (including a head-to-head win for Pards over Hodgson and a 5-0 thrashing from 'arry)
- West Brom have taken 13 points from their 9 matches
- Spurs have taken 9 points from their 9 matches
- the scum have taken 9 points from their 9 matchs