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Newcastle Safety And Jobs At Risk In Last Three Games

8:58 am, Saturday, May 4th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

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.

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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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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // May 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Pardew will not be the main manager next year.

    He may get a job upstairs to keep the ‘ continuity’

  • 2 spitfire_ // May 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Isn’t it the manager’s job to be ready for any scenarios?

    “they’ve got a few there who all served me well”

    Served me well? Now that’s new. For the first time I heard some manager to speak like king. “Thank you” for your service Alan… you’re dismissed.

  • 3 toon22 // May 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Cant see us getting anything but another defeat,we need the team to play like they havent all season to get anything imo
    Come on lucky away win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    bambams,
    Former European players of the year and football people with a vast knowledge of international football are meant for jobs ‘ upstairs ‘ not Johnston paint winners and former crazy gang members.

  • 5 headtheball // May 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    If he gets a job upstairs I hope it’s with a broom and duster. Or he could clean the windows and replace broken glass as I’ve heard he wasn’t a bad glazier. Maybe that is his forte as football management certainly isn’t.
    HWTL

  • 6 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    A huge game … 60M + at stake.

    So long as we match Wigan’s results they can’t catch us.
    I’m not at all confident that a team performing as badly as we are, with lousy away form will get a result today.
    We’ll need a stroke of luck or two and no stupid red cards.

  • 7 pbandj // May 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I’d lose all the respect for M. Ashley that he regained after his initial mistakes after buying the club, if he decides to keep Pardew even if we stay up… Pardew is a clown working overtime

  • 8 Bambams // May 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    @jail….
    It was a bit tongue in cheek fella re upstairs. …

    I dont think Ash will just sack him as this shows his ‘master blueprint’ has failed. If he moves to another role and we bring in a Manager they will add this was the plan all along and Pards will be there in a guidance role. Lets face it he is on such a small wage (whilst he pays off his gambling debt ;-)…) He wont be sacked to save a huge salary.

    I wanted Blanc but all the rumours re Rafa wont go away.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    If we lose or draw today and Wigan win it is no longer in our hands other than to outscore Wigan,which given Pards latest inspirational drivel is a major worry.

  • 10 Bambams // May 4, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Wigan v villa game will be massive

  • 11 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    If Rafa wants to stay in the UK then we are probably a good option. If Ashley decides that paying for a real manager is now a good idea.

    If not there are rumours about him going to PSG, Germany, Spain … he’s one of the ‘A’ list.

  • 12 Joe Blog // May 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    One final job to do before you leave Pardew, the windows need licking clean.

  • 13 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Today we will find out if they’re talking the talk again or whether they’re going to walk the walk.

    Hopefully Ben Arfa starts and a cut in run followed by near post smash wins it for us. Although… Liverpool…

  • 14 northernirishtoon // May 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Jail

    If Wigan draw and we are beat it’s still in our hands.

    Not expecting much today but stranger things have happened

    Come on lads make me one happy fcuker and get all 3 points.

    Party in my house

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 4, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Hibbiton…just wanted to add if you want to be progressiv 3-4-3 is the way to go I think!

    …Wigan is doing the right thing I thing – the only problem they have is that they don’t have the money and squad size to to make this work just yet :-)

  • 16 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Not hopeful
    I can see this as another stuffing.
    5-1 to the hammers – Carroll gets 2 and Taylor gets sent off.

    1-55 Uttoxeter horse running – Deep Trouble – sums our season up.

    Pathetic really when you think If Wigan match our results we stay up

  • 17 st0r3z // May 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Anyone think a back four of taylor willo collo and mbia would be a good idea?? Willo to simply win the ball in the air n taylor at left back for his exp and mbia right coz i think hes class ?? Just a thought kike but them 4 should give elliot decent protection

  • 18 Spotlight Kid // May 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    It shouldn’t have ever reached this point. It was clear Pardew had lost the plot (or as much of it as he ever grasped) last December – if not it certainly was abundantly obvious after the Brighton debacle in early January. Instead Ashley broke all his own financial rules and panic bought at Pardew’s insistence from Carr’s shopping list in the League 1 delicatessen, instead of drafting in one or two experienced solid-meat-and-potatoes PL squad guys for cover, and (top priority) sorted out a new manager.

    So here we are, again, down to the wire with a £155m valued squad and (of course) it’s nobody’s fault…..

  • 19 hibbitonthewing // May 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Jesper…
    Who knows what formation will really deliver. Having a clear strategy that makes sense with the players available and then executing it on and off the pitch is probably what all bloggers agree isn’t being done as far as the football is concerned.
    Meanwhile we can all debate formations and diamonds to our hearts content.
    If we were winning and entertaining we could care less…:-)

  • 20 toon kk // May 4, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    It’s been a horrible season alot of our football has been rubbish or we’ve tried for half agame. I don’t think we were match fit at the start of the season then along came all the injuries. If west Ham put alot of pressure on us today we’ll never handle it, I think all our confidence has gone. I can’t see Pardew being sacked either Cashley will know a new manager will have bigger demands. Lets HOPE we win today but I can’t see us winning any more this season with Pardews tactics.




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