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A room-mate with a view

Posted on 28 October 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Alan Pardew swapped the garden for the training ground last week when he finally took over as West Ham manager and his third game in charge comes at White Hart Lane when the Hammers cross town on Wednesday night.

The former Reading manager, forced into a spot of 'gardening leave' before taking over at Upton Park, has guided his team through fixtures against Nottingham Forest and Cardiff - both draws - and is now seeking to build on the impressive tally of results secured by caretaker boss Trevor Brooking.

A manager with a burgeoning reputation, Pardew is well known by one member of our staff who used to room with him on away trips during their playing days together.

The staff member in question is Academy goalkeeping coach Perry Suckling, who has no doubts that Pardew will continue to enhance his standing in the game in E13.

"I was with Alan for three or four years while I was at Crystal Palace and it doesn't surprise me that he has gone on to do so well as a manager," said Perry at Spurs Lodge.

"He is a strong, ambitious person and, when I knew him well when we were younger, he was always a leader of men. At the time at Palace we had some strong personalities - people like Mark Bright, Ian Wright, Andy Gray, Geoff Thomas - and Alan was the unsung hero, the driving force behind all the good things that happened.

"Very much an organiser - on and off the field - and I think he has taken that skill into management. He did really well at Reading and produced a good side there, buying very wisely with the money he had available.

"I think he is one of these people who can handle big personalities and I think he will go on and do really well at West Ham.

"I used to room with him and he liked a laugh at the right times and he worked at the right times. He left Crystal Palace, went to Charlton and Barnet and when I saw him around the circuit you could tell he has a modern approach and did his coaching badges.

"He puts a lot of responsibility back on the players and seems to bring out the best in people. That is a great skill to have."

So what will the West Ham players discovered about their new boss during his short time in charge at the Chadwell Heath training ground.

"Very much that he is in charge. He will organise them, bring out the best in them and have his own way of playing.

"From what I have seen of Reading on TV while he was there, they have been an entertaining side and play their football at the right times. One of Alan's great skills is that he gets people fighting together - everyone battles for the cause and that is very much part of his management skills."