There are reports today that Alan Pardew has been in conversations with both Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley, and we cannot imagine Mike Ashley being too happy at what’s happened in the last couple of weeks.
Mike Ashley – has to be furious with recent results
Bat the best bet seems to be to give Alan Pardew and his coaches John, Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman a shot at the last three games.
But unless there is a dramatic pickup in both form and results, we cannot see the four being around Newcastle for too long after the season finishes.
But it’s probably the best move to keep the current management in place with just three games to go, and Mike didn’t have much luck four years ago when he tried to stave off relegation by appointing Alan Shearer to the management spot – there was just not enough time to save Newcastle in that case.
We need to see leadership from Alan Pardew and the coaches this week – and they need to inspire the players to play somewhere near their top form, because if we take the drop it’s going to be headlines around the world, and we cannot help thinking that’s what a lot of the sports journalists would just love to see.
The manager and players should take on a bunker mentality and come out fighting.
After all we did finish 5th last year, and almost made the Europa Cup semi-final so to get relegated would be big news – and we cannot have that.
There’s a thing called crisis management, where you identify threats to an organization and put in place procedures to overcome them – and we suppose that could be said about Newcastle right now.
But if we put ourselves in Mike Ashley’s position he’s got to be very anxious about things right now, and probably read the riot act to Alan Pardew when they had their discussions this week.
We have been building up a decent side since we got promoted, and relegation would destroy a lot of the good things that have happened.
And there are whispers that it’s been much more difficult to integrate our five new Frenchmen into the club than had been envisaged – but we have to hope Newcastle can get over these worries and concerns and people management – and put in three excellent performances through the end of the season.
If the lads can do that we could be safe – and that would be one enormous relief to Newcastle fans – simply enormous.
But it’s all in the balance at the moment.
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