Alan Pardew’s tenure at Newcastle would appear to be hanging by a thread, and whether he stays or goes will very much depend on what our results are in the final three games of the season.
Alan Pardew - vital last three games for Newcastle manager
If we don’t get at least one win in the final three games, it’s likely that Alan will be shown the door, whether we are relegated or not, and that would mean local coaches John Carver and Steve Stone also leaving the club.
But Mike Ashley as usual hasn’t said much, in fact he’s said nothing. so it’s hard to know what he’s thinking, but reports after the 6-0 thrashing by Liverpool last weekend suggest he’s not happy at all – because he doesn’t like being embarrassed.
Alan was fired by West Ham in December of 2006 by the new owners from Iceland, and it was rather unfair, after he had taken the club to the FA Cup Final, where only a stoppage time goal by Steven Gerrard prevented the Hammers from winning that final.
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say about today’s game:
“I certainly didn’t expect to be in this position at the start of the year, going there, but that’s where we are and we have to accept that.”
“We are where we are so the most important thing is the performance and a reaction to last Saturday’s game. “It’s a place I know very, very well of course and it’s a terrific place to play football.”
“It’s a passionate place, and a couple of my former colleagues are there. “Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble, James Collins – they’ve got a few there who all served me well, and I’m looking forward to seeing them.”
The Newcastle manager cannot be sentimental about going back to his former club today, as Newcastle’s Premier League status and Alan’s job status are on the line this afternoon and in the remaining games of this season.
And don’t forget if we are relegated, there would be many people at Newcastle United who would again lose their jobs, as they did four years ago – to cut operational costs, given the revenues would be halved in the Championship.
We just have to get to safety as quickly as possible!
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