ALAN Pardew is under pressure to deliver success to ‘big club’ Newcastle United this season.
That’s the view of former England goalkeeper David James, who played under Pardew at West Ham.
Pardew suffered stinging criticism from Newcastle fans in the second half of last season as the Magpies endured a terrible run of form that saw them slip down the Premier League table.
And James – mindful of the size of the club and its support – says the Toon manager has to do better when the new campaign gets under way on August 16.
“You’re looking at a manager of a big side possibly to do more,” said James.
“You’ve got the support there, 52,000 capacity. You can see it (St James’s Park) from all around.
“So it’s a big-pressure job, and I don’t know how long he’s got left on his contract, I’m not suggesting that he shouldn’t be there.
“But when you look at the turnaround of managers in the Premier League – was it 10 last season from nine different clubs, because in part they want to stay in the Premier League? – they want more from their teams.
“Look at the likes of Manchester United. They want a big name in there to get success.
“Well, with all due respect, I think Newcastle need to be getting some sort of success.”
James had a spell under Pardew’s management in 2003, as part of a long and varied career that saw him come up against Newcastle on many occasions.
And he feels his former boss now needs to add some consistency to his work in a ‘massive’ job.
James, now a commentator for BT Sport, added: “He (Pardew) has done some terrific stuff.
“With West Ham, he had some success, the FA Cup Final. At Newcastle, he’s had spells.
“But again, as a fan, you look at Newcastle and I think this is almost like a white elephant, in a sense, that they’ve been around for so long and they’ve been massive for so long.
“I mean, I’ve played them in the Premier League, I’ve played them in what was Division Two the year that Newcastle got promoted, in fact.
“You think, when people talk about big clubs, it’s a cliched term now. If a team’s got 20,000 fans for some reason they’re a big club.
“Newcastle have the third largest attendance in the Premier League, and that is by every definition a big club.”