Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley was not at the game on Saturday, but he did attend the Sunderland debacle two weeks ago, and at the end of the game the Billionaire didn’t make the slightest effort to hide his anger at both the performance and the result.
Alan Pardew – likely to be fired today or this summer
But Mike Ashley is very likely to attend the game next Saturday at West Ham, and he could sack Alan Pardew today, or he could wait and sack him at the end of the season – but there’s been somewhat of a negative turnaround on Mike’s thinking on Alan Pardew – after two horrendous home results in front of two sell-out crowds.
And Newcastle fans streamed out of the ground in the second half on Saturday, unwilling to watch a second home humiliation in succession.
Too many times have reporters wrote that Newcastle are in crisis mode – but today Newcastle are in crisis because relegation this season will simply submarine the club.
Aston Villa and Wigan are the two teams still beneath us in the league – but their managers weren’t presented with five good players in January, to help save them.
Ashley didn’t see the game live on Saturday, but you can bet your bottom dollar he’s watched the game on TV over the weekend – and we’ll be very surprised if he hasn’t already talked to Alan Pardew – and we’d love to have been privy to that conversation.
There will be a review in the summer, which there was going to be, but now included will be whether they should fire the manager and bring a new leader in.
A source close to the Newcastle Board had this to say to the Evening Chronicle:
“If there’s one thing that Mike doesn’t do then it’s embarrassment.” “There was always going to be a review at the end of the season.”
So far The Newcastle Board have stood by Pardew, and if we don’t hear that he’s been sacked today, then he will have three games to save his job.
And unless we win the last three games – which we will not – or do well in them which is hard to see – Pardew will be fired in the summer.
Two managers mentioned as possible new managers are Rafa Benitez and Roberto di Matteo – but we doubt seriously that Benitez would want the job, when there is so little transfer money available.
But if and when Alan Pardew is fired, we’ll support the new manager who comes in – whoever he is.
We also hope Alan Pardew will turn things around in the last three games of the season, but we just cannot see that happening – but we’ve been wrong before – many times.
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