We more or less said it that last night, but it’s now Alan Pardew who will definitely become Newcastle manager, and he will be get a results-based contract.
Alan Pardew – results based contract
And bookmakers this morning have labelled the move as “a done deal” in other words it’s all over.
William Hill have Pardew at 2/25 to succeed Chris Hughton, with former favorite Martin Jol, having walked away from a results based contract, even though he officially said he wants to take a break from the game.
William Hill’s Relations Director Graham Sharpe posted this on Twitter this morning to the media:
“Alan Pardew for Newcastle looks a done deal – Hills now 1/12 the ex-Saint gets the gig, with Jol out to 9/1; (Martin) O’Neill/ (Ray) Wilkins both 10/1,”
It seems that Ashley is looking for somebody who is better than Hughton in the transfer market, as one reason he wants a new manager. Other than that, heaven knows what he’s looking for, but there would be few top managers who would take a results-based contract.
Apparently the good players who were brought in during the summer, were all brought in by Chief Scout Graham Carr, who seems to be doing a very good job for the club in what is a very strategic job.
The top two of Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote were essentially brought to the club by Graham Carr, and not Hughton, and they could become top acquisitions for the club.
Whether the club can now sign Ben Arfa with Chris having left the club, is a very good question, as we know the Frenchman really liked Chris.
Fans will be more than unhappy that Alan Pardew, who doesn’t have any stellar record in football management, is the man they’ve brought in – he’ll make Graeme Souness look like a wonderful management signing when we got Graeme in September of 2004.
Graeme followed Sir Bobby Robson, and the fans just never took to him, and he lasted around 16 months.
Alan Pardew will be the 13th Newcastle manager in 13 years, and since we started this blog in April 2007, we have seen Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton manage the club – and now it seems Alan Pardew.
That averages out as one manager every six months in Ashley’s reign so far.
That’s hardly stability, which is what Mike Ashley said that was what the club needed when he came in during the summer of 2007.
Seven managers in 42 months isn’t what we would call stability.