Rumors were rife after the Saturday defeat that Mike Ashley would replace Alan Pardew yesterday – but Alan Shearer on Monday in his column in The Sun probably had it right, when he said with only three games to go, that wouldn’t be the wise decision.
Mike Ashley – get on with it
Mike Ashley would have needed to ask if Newcastle could get more points with a new manager coming in – and the answer was probably no – and better to give Pardew and his players a chance to redeem themselves.
We have to hope they take that chance.
Both the Evening Chronicle and Journal are reporting that the Newcastle manager has been told he will not be sacked, and he will have three games to save Newcastle and himself.
The manager took a light training session yesterday, and he will have a full training session today, in what may be one of Alan Pardew’s most important games in management, against his former club West Ham, and against his former captain Kevin Nolan and striker Andy Carroll.
You just know Kevin will want to score against his former club.
There will be a huge inquest into why Newcastle’s Premier League season is turning out to be the second worst ever – given the many good players we have, the fact we brough in five new players in January, and that we finished 5th last season.
I remember when I was a youngster back in 1961, when Charlie Mitten was the manager, and we finished 8th of 22 clubs in 1960 in the league – and then we were relegated the next season in 1961.
And Alan Pardew will not likely survive that inquest, and certainly will not be around if we are relegated – when the inquest will then turn to which players will have to leave Newcastle – and we could see nearly all of our French Internationals leave the club – if we are relegated.
But it’s hard to even think about having to go through all that again, my head is starting to hurt, and obviously we are hoping and praying we can survive.
It may be hard, but it’s within the best interests of Newcastle United that we keep behind the manager and the players for the last three games of the season.
We’ll have a much better chance of surviving if that happens – otherwise it’s like committing Hara-kiri.
Howay The Lads!!
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