I think people underrate Pardew tactical at times, sure he's made some bad decisions but mostly he's been fairly decent, certainly the games where we've been exposed have been outnumbered by the matches we've been tactically astute.
I thought that post from the other website was pretty stupid in the way that he complained about Ryan Taylor starting over HBA. Ryan Taylor was brought in for the United game where we wanted to keep things tight and most play lofted balls up to the strikers, an approach which plays to Taylor's strengths. He's obviously another one on the HBA bandwagon though, but Pardew has been right to leave him out at times even though he's obviously one of our most talented players there are games where we'll be playing against teams when we can't get away with having a player who gives the ball away so often.
Obviously we could do with a more tactically astute manager but would said manager be able to get the best out of the players and create the sort of unity Pardew has? I think there are very few managers around who could do that and I can certainly think of a fair few managers we've had in the past who have been partly responsible for creating a really volatile atmosphere in our dressing room. We're going places with Pardew, it's clear that we're being noticed around Europe as being a notch above the rest of the also rans in our League and the incredibly professional way Pardew has approached the job is definitely a factor in that.
He's got his weaknesses but all managers do and anyone suggestion that we get rid of him at the moment is madness ffs.