By Amir Mir
Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted he would one day like the England job but slated club legend Alan Shearer for publicly touting for the vacant managerial post.
The current Crystal Palace manager believes the striker’s lack of coaching experience does not qualify him to build an identity for the national team.
Pardew was angry at Shearer’s comments as a BBC pundit on Monday night in the immediate wake of England’s humilating exit from Euro 2016.
The Premier League’s record scorer claimed he can do the England job but Pardew strongly questioned Shearer’s coaching expertise.
“It makes my blood boil when pundits on TV, such as Alan Shearer, say ‘I’ll do it’,” Pardew said in his Daily Mail column.
“He was a top, top striker but he has no coaching qualifications and his only experience as a manager was very brief — when he took Newcastle down into the Championship.”
The former England striker has had one stint in management, a two-month nightmare at boyhood club Newcastle in 2009, which resulted in their relegation to the second tier.
Since England’s shock exit from Euro 2016 which resulted in the resignation of Roy Hodgson, Shearer has openly spoken about wanting to take on the vacant post.
The 54-year-old was further critical of the Premier League winner, highlighting Gary Neville’s struggles as proof of the difficult of jumping from TV punditry into the dugout.
“What experience does he have of putting on a session, of building an identity, when every session needs to be about building, creating that identity and taking the players with you?” said Pardew of Shearer.
“They need to understand and buy into it. Together you then move towards that. It’s easy to say ‘I’ll do it’ from a comfy chair, but he has nothing to back that up.
“Gary Neville has shown how hard the transition is. You can go into any café in the country and they’ll give you their England team. But it’s not as simple as picking the best players.”
Pardew, who has 18 years of managerial experience, believes Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is an England manager for the future
“We need a new manager and a new outlook. I feel the new manager needs to bring experience,” said Pardew.
“I’ve read names mentioned, such as Eddie Howe, who I’m sure will be a very good England manager of the future. But he is not right for now, either.”
But the London-born manager feels the next appointment must be an experienced English coach.
“There is no outstanding candidate and, while I would like to see an English coach given the chance — we are a dying breed at the top of English football — the FA need to make sure they get the right man.” said Pardew.
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