Alan pardew was an excellent midfield dynamo during his playing days. He began his career in Whyteleafe, whilst working as a cab driver and a glazier, and later, due to his outstanding midfielder skills, he was invited to Yeovil Town, where he played one season. In 1988/1999, Alan and his new team, Crystal Palace, were promoted to the Championship. During the five years he had at the club, Pardew made 150 appearances in different tournaments and netted 12 goals.
In November 1991, Alan signed a contract with Charlton Athletic and became the top goalscorer of the 1992/1993 season: netting 10 goals. In 1995, he went on loan to Tottenham Hotspur and found the net 26 times in 125 matches.
After rejecting an opportunity to play in Hong Kong, Pardew then moved to Barnet, and became a player-coach under manager Terry Bullivant. When Bullivant moved to Reading in 1997, he took Pardew with him as reserve-team manager.
Pardew’s first experience as manager came in March 1998 when he was appointed as caretaker after the departure of Bullivant. After the appointment of Tommy Burns he remained as reserve team manager until the end of the 1998–99 season, when Reading disbanded their reserve team. Nevertheless, he was promoted to manager of the club after a successful spell as caretaker in 1999. He turned the club around from relegation fighters to promotion candidates through players, such as Jamie Cureton, and his régime to increase the fitness of the squad.
Early into the 2003–04 season, West Ham United asked Reading permission to appoint Pardew as their new manager. Although Reading refused permission, Pardew resigned from his position forcing the issue. Eventually, a compromise agreement was reached allowing Pardew to become manager at West Ham.
he was appointed manager of Charlton Athletic on Christmas Eve 2006, signing a three-and-a-half year contract. He took over with Charlton in 19th place in the Premier League, with just 12 points and a –20 goal difference, the lowest in the league. Although Charlton’s form improved under Pardew, he was unable to keep Charlton up, resulting in the first relegation of his career, both as a player and manager.
Alan twice made his way through to the FA Cup finals: in 1990 as a Crystal Palace player and in 2006 as a West Ham United manager.
In December 2010, Alan became the new leader of Newcastle United and signed a 5.5 year contract.