We know there are a lot of fans who would like (love) to see Alan Pardew fired, after we were humiliated by Sunderland last Sunday, and after all, some Newcastle fans have just never taken to the man.
Pardew – will be given chance to make Newcastle top six side again
But rather than get into the pros and cons of Alan’s attributes, we think there’s just no chance that Alan Pardew will be leaving the club anytime soon, and that’s based on what his bosses think about the situation and the man.
Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have (almost) admitted they made a huge mistake last summer, by not increasing the size and quality of the squad for Europe.
And the five Frenchmen we brought in during January almost proves that – and the five lads all started yesterday, so they were all good buys in our opinion – very good buys.
And with the extra 14 games we’ve had in Europe, where the lads are playing on a Sunday following the Thursday game, that’s affected us in the league – definitely.
And then we’ve had all the injuries – and are still having them – poor Ryan Taylor is going to be out for almost two seasons now, Colo’s been out for eight weeks since he did his back in late February, and Ben Arfa has hardly been available, and will only be used as a late substitute in the remaining games.
Tim Krul, Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor and others have also been out injured for long periods this season.
And there’s a hint today that Alan Pardew is saying he doesn’t really care where we finish in the league as long as we are not relegated.
And it could well be there will be lots of comings and going in the summer – to rebuild the squad for next season – although we have some very good players right now – if only they were fit.
We’d be very surprised if Mike Ashley doesn’t want Newcastle to finish in the top six next season, and without the European games, and with the basis of the squad we have now – when all fit – we should be a decent bet to do just that.
And of course we’ll have two chances to hammer Sunderland next season, as long as we both stay up – which seems likely.
It’s been a terrible season in the league, an embarrassing league season, no doubt about it, but we’re almost 100% certain we’re reading the tea leaves correctly - that Mike Ashley will want Alan Pardew to do what he did last season – and get us back into the top six next season – and Europe again.
And then we need to ensure our squad is big enough for Europe – and we cannot make the same mistakes again.
That’s what we think is going to happen at Newcastle.
What do you think?
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