Alan Pardew would consider Championship clubs that can match his ambition, following link to Norwich City vacancy

PUBLISHED: 15:35 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:47 29 March 2017

Alan Pardew was one of a host of managers linked with Norwich City following the sacking of Alex Neil earlier this month. Picture: Daniel Hambury/PA

Alan Pardew was one of a host of managers linked with Norwich City following the sacking of Alex Neil earlier this month. Picture: Daniel Hambury/PA

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Alan Pardew has admitted he will consider joining a promotion chasing Championship club.

The former West Ham and Newcastle manager has been out of work since being sacked by Crystal Palace in December and has been linked with Norwich City since Alex Neil was sacked – even though it seems unlikely that the outspoken 55-year-old would fit into the new structure at Carrow Road, of a head coach working under a sporting director.

“I have thought about going abroad. The chances of the top six are slim when you’ve been sacked by Palace,” Pardew told The Times. “My CV is what it is and I think I’m in a good place to go back in. I think some managers don’t go back in a good place. They are scarred by what’s happened before or worried that it’s going to happen to them again. I feel robust like that. I had to show a lot of resilience at Newcastle. I soon realised you can’t always please people so you have to get about your job the best way you can.

“I just want to feel confident going into my job that I can have success — whether that’s trying to get promotion out of the Championship, win the African Nations Cup or, ideally, back in the Premier League. I want somewhere with a plan, a target. Wherever it is, I don’t want to hear there’s no ambition.

“The FA Cup – coming so close twice still burns so strong. You look at (Claudio) Ranieri. Who would have thought three years ago that he would win the title? That gives hope to all of us. I’ve always been an eternal optimist.”

Pardew admits he is keen to return to work soon as well, continuing: “My career has stalled at the moment but I think I’ll come out stronger and better. Otherwise I would go and sit in Barcelona, eat tapas.

“I love work. When I was a glazier I was meant to work till 4.30pm but had to get it done by 3 to make the evening game (as a non-league player). You had to get a certain amount of windows in so I had to work bloody hard to get it done, to get in my car, drive two-and-a-half hours to Yeovil. Then driving back, A303 on a frozen night in the pitch dark.

“I love the work, love being out on the pitch. When you are on it, it feels like you are engaged in an epic battle. You can’t replace it. I don’t know any way to replace it. I might manage for another 10 years.”

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