Alan Pardew signs a one-year deal to become manager of Greek side Aris… as the former West Ham and Crystal Palace boss returns on third stop of his new European tour – just three months after quitting CSKA Sofia
- Alan Pardew, 61, has signed a one-year deal as manager at Greek outfit Aris FC
- He will join former Premier League players Andre Gray and Gervinho in Greece
- Pardew vacated his role at CSKA Sofia earlier this year as a result of racist abuse
- Several of his players were targeted by sections of the club’s own supporters
Alan Pardew has taken over as manager at Greek side Aris, putting pen to paper on a one-year deal with an optional extra year.
The English manager, 61, has joined the Super League Greece club in place of former Atletico Madrid caretaker manager German Burgos, and is set to take charge of his first game in Greece on Sunday, September 18 against Olimpiacos.
Pardew now takes up his tenth role in management at ten different clubs, in a career dating back to 1998, just three months after departing Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia, where he also served as technical director.
Alan Pardew has signed a one-year contract at Super League Greece club Aris for his 10th role
Aris announced the news on Twitter, writing: ‘WELCOME TO #ARISFAMILY COACH…’ accompanied by pictures of Pardew signing his contract.
Aris currently sit sixth in the Greek league, with two wins a loss and a draw from their opening four games of the 2022-23 campaign, and the Englishman becomes their third manager of the year.
Pardew is not the only former Premier League import to feature at Aris either, and he joins former Watford and Burnley forward Andre Gray, ex-Hornets defender Nicolas N’Koulou, and Ivorian winger Gervinho, who had spells at Arsenal, Palma, Lille and Roma.
Pardew smiles after taking his third job in Europe since leaving English football
Former Arsenal, Roma, Lille and Parma forward Gervinho currently turns out for the Greek side
After almost two years in charge at Crystal Palace in the Premier League, Pardew’s career never recovered, with a brief spell in charge of West Brom in the Championship last only 21 games.
Andre Gray joined Aris in July 2022 from Championship club QPR
The 61-year-old then took up roles at Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, although he only led them through eight games due to the outbreak of coronavirus, and held several different roles at CSKA Sofia.
Initially joining as technical director, Pardew also acted as management advisor and caretaker manager, before taking on the role full-time in April 2022.
However his reign was cut unceremoniously short after a small section of CSKA fans targeted the teams black’s contingent with racist abuse as they arrived for one of their final league matches against Botev Plovdiv.
As a result, he resigned from his posts as technical director and manager with immediate effect.
Pardew said in a statement on the club’s website: ‘First, I want to thank all the real CSKA fans for their support and passion for the club. To Grisha and Dani Ganchevi for their efforts to bring the club forward in such challenges and circumstances.
‘It was a privilege for me to be a part of and to serve this club. Unfortunately, my time here is over. The events before and after the match with Botev were not acceptable for me, for my assistant Alex Dyer, or for our players. The reason no one gave an interview after the meeting was that we were all very outraged by the situation that had escalated.
‘Our players decided to play only out of loyalty and to protect the club. The small group of organized racist fans who tried to sabotage this match is not what I want to lead and represent the team. Definitely, this is not the right path for the benefit of CSKA, because such a club deserves much more.’
CSKA Sofia’s black players were targeted by their own fans after losing May’s cup final
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