Sky Sports is reporting that money has been pouring in today on Alan Pardew being sacked at Newcastle, and the odds on him have been cut from 12/1 to 3/1 after yesterday’s surprise defeat against second bottom Reading, but today the odds have been slashed even further to 1/5 on – so there may be something happening.
Alan Pardew – odds on to be sacked
Certainly Alan’s record is not good, and in the last 18 games in all competitions, we have two wins and four draws and 12 defeats – so that’s not too good in anybody’s book – especially in a results oriented business.
We had thought Mike Ashley would keep faith in Pardew for the next few games, hoping he could turn things around, but of course with a 10 day break to our next game – if the powers that be are going to make a management change – then maybe now is as good a time as ever to make it.
Roberto Di Matteo would be the obvious candidate to replace Alan, and of course he did fantastic job at Chelsea in the last three months of last season winning the FA Cup (beating Liverpool 2-1), and the European Championship for the first time ever for the Blues – by beating Bayern Munich on their own pitch on penalties, in an amazing final.
The 42 year-old Italian was born in Switzerland and was a Chelsea great, and he started his management career in 2008 at MK Dons, but then moved to West Brom in 2009 and had them promoted in second place to Newcastle the following year - but lost his way in the Premier League and was sacked in February 2011, a couple of months after Chris Hughton was fired at Newcastle.
We would expect if Pardew goes, that John Carver and Steve Stone, two local lads would follow him out of the door, although you never know, and they may be kept on the coaching staff for the sake of continuity.
Darren Bent is being touted as a possible Newcastle signing, and Alan Pardew managed him while he was manager at Charlton Athletic, so that may suggest Ashley will keep the faith in Pardew.
But if it’s going to happen it will happen tomorrow – so the new manager – whoever that may be – will get a chance to work with the players before the important Aston Villa game a week on Wednesday.
This is breaking news, and Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer had this to say:
“We cut Pardew’s price fairly significantly after the Reading defeat but money has come in ever since, forcing us to continually move his price.” “Suggestions that the club would only have to pay out 12 months of his eight-year contract seems to have fueled interest, while their upcoming trip to Villa Park now looks an incredibly important fixture.”
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