The news all over this morning’s papers is that Alan Pardew will be named Newcastle manager today, although the Newcastle hierarchy are not willing to disclose who the new manager is.
Alan Pardew – to be unveiled as Magpies manager at news conference today
We wonder if they think it’s still a secret and don’t laugh, they seem so out of touch with reality that wouldn’t even surprise us.
But Newcastle fans could now start to get worried as Ashley in one move, has blown up the camaraderie and spirit that Chris Hughton has built over the last 16 months at the Newcastle club.
And the situation at Newcastle is starting to look too much like a couple of years ago after Kevin Keegan left – and we all know what happened that season – we were relegated.
That’s our big concern to put it mildly. That’s our huge concern to put it mildly.
The 49-year-old Londoner (who else?) was at Slaley Hall Hotel in Northumberland last night, as the Wimbledon-born manager continued the process of negotiations with Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley.
The news is that his wages will be around £500K/year but there was news the contract was also incentives based – or to be more accurate – results based.
The bad news for Newcastle fans is there are rumors Alan’s contract will be a long one – up to five years – and we wonder why Mike Ashley would do that because the compensation paid out to Pardew if he is sacked would be large, unless a satisfactory amount is included as a clause in the contract.
Peter Beardsley seems well in with the Ashley regime, and they wanted him appointed assistant to Chris when Colin Calderwood left.
But Hughton wanted a more experienced person alongside him, but it appears that Beardsley will not be the new Assistant Manager to Alan Pardew.
Pardew is said to want to bring in Ray Lewington, who is currently Fulham’s youth development manager, as his assistant and Andy Woodman, of Charlton Athletic, as the new goalkeeping coach.
Paul Barron was our goalkeeping coach, but he was fired on Monday along with Chris Hughton of course.
It appears that Alan Pardew will not receive a warm welcome today in the frigid North East, at least from Newcastle fans, but his first job has to be to get with the players and try to revitalize the playing squad.
The side has to try to get at least something from the Liverpool game.
But a fan protest scheduled to be carried out before the game will hardly help calm our players down, even though it is all directed at the clueless Newcastle owner, and we expect nothing from the game at all.
Even a point on Saturday would now be a huge surprise on the upside.