Alan Pardew has revealed in the Sunday Sun today that through the very sticky times from early November through the middle of January when we lost 2-1 at home to Reading, he never thought that Mike Ashley would fire him, and that turned out to be the case.
Alan Pardew – at yesterday’s game at White hart Lane
That’s even though Alan Pardew was 1-2 odds on in SkyBet to be sacked on the day following the Reading defeat, when Newcastle fans were far from happy campers.
But then in the week following the terrible defeat by Reading, Newcastle first missed out on Loic Remy – who went for a better offer to QPR – and Newcastle then brought in four new French players in four days – Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko.
There is a lot of pressure on owners from both the results and the fans and most owners would have fired Pardew because of the terrible results.
This is what Alan said in the Sunday Sun today:
“It can happen. You must never fall away from that as a manager. I don’t live in fear of it. I’m not one of those people who do that. I don’t think like that.” “It is just the way I am. I have always been like that.”
“Even when I’ve got sacked in the past, it was a shock. I couldn’t understand it, and certainly on one occasion I was really shocked.” “That’s just how I am and that is my make-up. It is probably a good thing to be to have a mindset like that in this job.”
“It can start eating into you but I don’t let it do that.” “I didn’t really ask for any reassurances from upstairs. So I didn’t get any and I didn’t ask. I just got on with what I thought is important and that is making sure I get the team in the best possible place for the game.”
We’re not sure which sacking was the one that really shocked him – but it could have been the one at Southampton, as certainly the fans didn’t want to see him sacked and over 80% of the fans in a poll after he left, said they would have liked Alan to have stayed on as manager of Southampton.
It’s not gone unnoticed that the Southampton owner – Italian banker Nicola Cortese – also fired manager Nigel Adkins last month, and replaced him with Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, and again the fans were shocked by the management change at an awkward time of the season.
We’ll see just how good Southampton are in a couple fo weeks time when they visit Newcastle, but Alan needs to get the win in that game, because we’re still 5th from bottom of the league, and the Saints are one place above us.