Alan Pardew: CSKA boss quits after fans racially abuse players

Alan Pardew’s decision to resign came to light on Wednesday midday after CSKA Sofia players were racially abused.

Former Newcastle United and West Ham United boss Alan Pardew has resigned as manager of Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia after a number of fans racially abused a number of black players from their own team.

Pardew was appointed CSKA’s technical director in November 2020 before assuming responsibility for first-team affairs following the departure of former coach Stoycho Mlandenov in April.

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Pardev’s side were beaten by local rivals Levski Sofia in the Bulgarian Cup final last month and were met by angry fans a week later when they arrived for a league game against Botev Plovdiv.

Four black footballers in the CSKA squad were victims of racist abuse and had bananas thrown at them.

All four took part in the goalless tie despite initially refusing to protest the abuse.

Sky Sports News has reported that Pardew has sought talks with club management and has now decided to step down from his dual role at CSKA.

Pardew’s assistant manager Alex Dyer has also left after becoming the first black manager employed by the club.

Why did Pardew leave CSKA?

In a statement published on the club’s website, Pardev said: “The events before and after the Botev Plovdiv game were unacceptable not only for me but also for my assistant Alex Dyer and for my players. Our players have chosen to play out of loyalty to the club.

“This small group of organized racist fans who tried to sabotage the game are not the fans I want to coach the team in front of. It’s definitely not the right path for CSKA because this club deserves a lot more.”

“I want to express my gratitude to all true CSKA fans for their support and passion. I would also like to thank Grisha and Dani Ganchev (CSKA owners) for their efforts to move the club forward despite all the challenges and circumstances.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve this great club. Unfortunately, my time here is over.”

Where has Pardew made it so far?

Pardew began his managerial career as a caretaker at Reading before securing the job permanently.

While they lost the old Division Two play-off final in 2000–01, his side rebounded the following season as they secured promotion – followed by a fourth-place finish in Division One and a subsequent play-off defeat. out.

He then moved to West Ham, with whom he won the Championship play-offs in 2005 and reached the FA Cup final the following season – the Hammers lost to Liverpool on penalties, after a classic encounter that saw a stunningly late Steven Gerrard was seen strike lead the game into overtime.

Pardew then managed Charlton before going to Southampton where he won the Football League Trophy.

A long stint at Newcastle United followed, which started in promising fashion before ending on poor form.

Next came spells with Southampton and West Brom – the latter lasted just 21 games.

Pardew then spent eight games at Dutch club ADO Den Haag before finally playing seven games at CSKA Sofia.

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