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Former Premier League boss expresses surprise interest in AFC Wimbledon managerial vacancy

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Former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has reportedly expressed his interest in the managerial vacancy at AFC Wimbledon according to The Athletic. 

Pardew is currently working as technical director with Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia, but has thrown his name into the hat for the vacancy with the League One club.

AFC Wimbledon have been without a manager since Glyn Hodges left the club by mutual consent, which game after they were beaten by rivals MK Dons in their most recent match.

They’re currently sat 21st in the League One table, and will be eager to put together a positive run of form at the earliest of opportunities in the second-half of this year’s campaign.

Pardew started his managerial career with Berkshire-based Reading, and has since gone on to take charge of a number of clubs in England, including Charlton Athletic, West Ham United and West Brom.

His most recent spell in the dugout was with Dutch side ADO Den Haag, which came to an end after just over four months in charge of them.

It is also claimed by The Athletic that Neil Cox, Ian Holloway and Luke Garrard are all rumoured to be managerial targets for the club this month, although it remains to be seen as to who the frontrunner is at this moment in time.

AFC Wimbledon are next in action on Tuesday evening, when they take on Oxford United in the EFL Trophy at the Kassam Stadium, in what is likely to be a tricky test against Karl Robinson’s side.

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The Verdict: 

I don’t think many would have seen this one coming!

Pardew has managed at a high level in the Premier League with the likes of Newcastle United and Crystal Palace in the past, and I didn’t think he’d be willing to drop into the third-tier of English football anytime soon.

But he clearly feels as though the project at AFC Wimbledon is one that interests him, and one he can succeed in, and I think this would be an excellent appointment by the League One side.

It would be somewhat of a coup if they were able to reach an agreement with Pardew in the near future, as they look to avoid relegation into League Two this term.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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