The likelihood that Alan Pardew will be appointed manager of Newcastle United – probably tomorrow – became a lot clearer last night.
Alan Pardew – in two months time 😀
Mike Ashley has laid out conditions under which the Newcastle manager will have to work, and it’s basically the Arsenal model, with little money being made available to bring in new players.
And events suggest that Martin Jol – a favorite with Newcastle fans – may no longer be in the running, as his former club Hamburg have said they are interested in resigning the Dutchman.
And it seems that Ashley met with Pardew last week in London, so the owner was obviously just waiting for the right time to unload former manager Chris Hughton, who was still thinking the club would be negotiating a new contract with him soon.
Chris had to go before the end of the year because then everybody would have expected negotiations to start with the Newcastle Board – and why is that?
Because that’s what the Board said a few weeks back. And we even believed them – what fools we are.
Make no mistake – these are again dark times for the Newcastle United club – with an owner who doesn’t seem to understand where Newcastle fans come from – and doesn’t seem to want to know either. Newcastle fans after all are Mike Ashley’s customers.
We found out last night that the Newcastle players have been told absolutely nothing about the events of this last week, and no reason has been given to the players about why Chris Hughton was sacked.
Alan Pardew was sacked by Southampton – a League One club – in August, and we cannot understand what in his record qualifies him in any way to be successful at an enormous club like Newcastle United.
Alan has just 4 votes of the 326 votes cast in our poll, for who fans would like as the new manager, so Newcastle fans seem to share our view of the man – it’s not personal – it’s about Alan’s proven management ability.
Martin Jol has 254 votes in the same poll.
We have to hope we’re wrong about Pardew – and we still hope we can get a surprise result against Liverpool on Saturday.
Anything but a defeat would be a surprise result against Liverpool, after the terrible events of this week, where the club has again embarrassed itself – to football people everywhere.
Let’s be clear that the outrage is not limited to Newcastle, but people in football around the country are amazed and shocked at the actions our club have taken this week.
The Newcastle club seems to be shooting itself in the foot again – just like two years ago.
So much for stability at Newcastle – it lasted 16 months.
When will they ever learn?