Alex Ferguson has been on Sky Sports News talking about the Newcastle United club, who appointed their 6th manager in three years on Thursday.
Sir Alex Ferguson – hopes Pardew is at Newcastle for five years
And to think Mike Ashley said the one thing Newcastle needed was stability, when he bought the club in the summer of 2007.
Newcastle fans find Mike to be a complete enigma, to be polite, and dislike him immensely.
But Alan Pardew, who is currently the meat in the sandwich at Newcastle in this latest melee, has received support from his fellow PL managers, and none more so than Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson is probably the best manager Britain has ever produced, and Alex knows a thing or two about football management, and he has brought Man United unprecedented success over the last 25 years.
This is what Alex said yesterday:
“I hope that Alan Pardew gets his five years at Newcastle because that will be a sure indication that they are confident in him,”
“They are giving him trust and five years to mold Newcastle his own way and, hopefully for them, bring some success.”
“That is a good sign, but we need leaders not just from a management point of view, we also need leaders in the boardroom who are prepared to show the way.”
Leadership in the boardroom – what a concept.
Well you can hardly accuse Newcastle of having any of that at least over the last 13 years since December, 1997 when Freddy Shepherd was appointed Chairman.
Freddy fired Newcastle managers Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder in his 10 years in charge.
Because Bobby was at Newcastle for five years, that’s not too bad, compared to Mike Ashley having six managers over the last three years.
So that’s 11 Newcastle managers by our reckoning in the last 13 years, compared to only one manager at Man United and one manager at Arsenal – two of the most successful English clubs in that period.
It’s kind of interesting to think what it would be like to have some leadership in the Newcastle Board-room – we have no idea what it would be like – because we’re too used to having none.