Born: July 18, 1961, Wimbledon
Playing Career: Yeovil Town, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur (loan), Barnet, Reading
Management Career: Reading, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, Southampton
Alan Pardew was appointed Newcastle United manager on a five-and-a-half-year deal on December 9, 2010, and led his new side to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in his first game in charge.
As a player, Pardew started off life in the non-league game and eventually moved from Yeovil Town to Crystal Palace for £7,500 in 1987. He helped Palace to promotion into the First Division and also scored the winner as they beat Liverpool 4-3 in a memorable FA Cup semi-final in 1990.
After that he had spells at Charlton Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur, on loan, before becoming player-coach at Barnet and a similar role at Reading looking after the reserves.
Pardew got his first taste of life in management in March 1998 when he was appointed caretaker at Reading following the departure of Terry Bullivant. He then remained reserve team boss under Tommy Burns until the end of the 1998-99 season, and was promoted to first team manager.
After a Division Two play-off final defeat in 2001, Reading bounced back to win automatic promotion to Division One the following season and then finished fourth in their first season up, losing in the play-offs to Wolves.
Pardew was appointed West Ham manager early in the 2003-04 campaign and his first year at the helm culminated in them missing out on a return to the top flight by losing the play-off final to Crystal Palace. But they achieved it 12 months later and Pardew went on to guide the Hammers to ninth place in the Premier League in 2005-06. That season also saw West Ham reach the final of the FA Cup, where they drew 3-3 with Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium, only losing on penalties.
Sacked by West Ham in December 2006, Pardew made a swift return to management when he was appointed Charlton Athletic boss less than two weekes later. Despite improved form though, he was unable to keep the Addicks in the Premier League and suffered the first relegation of his entire career.
Pardew parted company with Charlton in November 2008 and was named manager of League One outfit Southampton in July 2009, where he led them up the division - having started the season with a 10-point deduction - and only just missed out on a place in the play-offs. The Saints did, however, triumph in the 2010 Football League Trophy final.