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Is Alan Pardew's Toon side better than Sir Bobby's top four finishers of 2002? Alan Pardew is leading Newcastle United to their most remarkable league season in a decade. That can be the only verdict to pass on the heroics from top to the bottom of the St James's Park club. The last time such delight and wonderment was felt on Tyneside while gawping at a Premier League table was back in April 2002. That was when Sir Bobby Robson catapulted a side that had bumped along inauspiciously in mid-table for four years, to an unexpected fourth spot, and an extended run in the Champio
West Ham In the 2006–07 season Pardew was criticised after seeing West Ham through their worst run of defeats in over 70 years which included a League Cup defeat to Chesterfield. Charlton 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. Pardew was unable to keep Charlton up, resulting in the first relegation of his career, both as a player and manager. Many expected Charlton to bounce back from relegation into the Premier League with signings such as Chris Iwelumo and Luke Varney in the 2007/