News this afternoon that Alan Pardew has gone past both Alan Curbishley and Martin O’Neill in this afternoon’s betting, to become the new odds-on favorite to be the next Newcastle manager.
Alan Pardew – odds-on favorite to be new Newcastle manager
And there are rumors that some betting establishments are now refusing to take bets on the former West Ham manager.
Alan Pardew is a decent manager, but he’s hardly a top class manager, since he failed at West Ham and was even recently sacked by Southampton – so we find it hard to believe he would be a welcome new manager on Tyneside.
It could mirror the situation when Graeme Souness was finally appointed manager to take over from Sir Bobby Robson in September of 2004, and Newcastle fans just never took to the Scotsman, even though he worked his socks off to make Newcastle successful.
Graeme lasted about 17 months before he was out as Newcastle slumped badly in early 2006, and Glen Roeder had to come in and rescue the club — which he did by winning six of the last seven league games to get Newcastle to 7th top of the league.
We have to hope it’s not Alan who is appointed – hey – we have absolutely nothing against the man – but he’s just not the right manager to take over this club – at this moment.
He qualifies as far as Mike Ashley is concerned because he’s another Londoner, born in Wimbledon 49 years ago, and has so far managed Reading, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic and Southampton – hardly clubs as big as Newcastle.
Those management positions would hardly qualify Alan to become manager of Newcastle United, with the job being so demanding on Tyneside. If Alan gets appointed we’d give him 18 months maximum at Newcastle, before he was fired, and at least to us – it would be awful choice by Mike Ashley.
But when was the last time Mike made a good decision about Newcastle?
And a source said to be close to Pardew said he “would be strongly interested” in taking the job – but who wouldn’t be?.
But of course if Alan was appointed we’d support him, and hope that for the first time in his management career, he was ultra-successful – but we very much doubt that will happen.
And we have to say the rumors that Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have already applied for the Newcastle manager position are just not true.
And in any case are they really good enough to be Newcastle manager? I mean what have they ever won? 😀