Alan Pardew has achieved promotion three times during his career, as a player with Crystal Palace and as a manager with Reading and West Ham United.
In a successful career on both fronts, Pardew has also achieved in The FA Cup where he a reached the final twice, as a player with Crystal Palace in 1990 and as a manager with West Ham United in 2006.
He moved into management at Reading in 1999 following two spells in caretaker charge. Having turned a struggling outfit into one that could compete at the top end of the table, Pardew led Reading to a play-off final before winning automatic promotion to Division 1 in 2002, by finishing second.
Reading then enjoyed a great season by finishing fourth in Division One before losing to Wolves in the play-offs. Pardew was officially on the map as one of the games bright up and coming young managers.
His success resulted in interest from West Ham United where he was confirmed as their new manager in October 2003. That season, Pardew found himself in the play-offs yet again, this time being pipped by former club Palace.
The following season Pardew had to dig deep from high expectations at Upton Park. He subsequently prevailed in the end and it was fourth time lucky in the play-offs when the Hammers defeated Preston to return to the Premier League.
Pardew, a holder of the UEFA Pro License, entrenched the Hammers in the top flight and led them to the FA Cup final in 2006, losing only on penalties to Liverpool after a thrilling 3-3 draw. A change of club ownership was among factors that saw Alan leave Upton Park in December, 2006.
He was back in management inside a fortnight after his Christmas Eve appointment by Charlton Athletic. Pardew's new team were 19th in the Premier League. He left the Valley late in 2008, before returning to management with Southampton for the beginning of the 2009/10 season.
Despite a 10 point deduction, Pardew led the Saints to a 7th place finish in League One and also guided the club to victory in the Football League Trophy final on 28 March 2010 at Wembley, securing the club's first trophy since 1976. The Saints surprisingly parted with Pardew just three games into the 2010/11 season after a 4-0 away win against Bristol Rovers.
Since taking charge, Pardew guided Newcastle to a 12th place finish in the Barclays Premier League (2010/11). During that season the club recorded memorable home wins over Liverpool and West Ham United and also performed quite a remarkable comeback against Arsenal, earning a 4-4 draw after being 4-0 down at half time.
A quite remarkable season was to follow as Alan was named both the LMA Manager of the Year as well as the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year, as recognition for Newcastle United's excellent campaign by finishing 5th in the Premier League. In the following two campaigns, Pardew guided Newcastle to 16th and 10th place finishes in the Barclays Premier League.
His playing highlights included winning promotion with Palace in 1989 and scoring an FA Cup semi-final winner against Liverpool the following season. Palace lost to Manchester United in the final after a replay.
Pardew then played for Charlton before becoming player-coach at Barnet and reserve-team manager at Reading.