There’s news today in the Evening Chronicle today that Alan Pardew has already been told his job is safe at Newcastle, and that he will continue as the Newcastle manager.
Alan Pardew – will continue as Newcastle manager
After doing extremely well in taking Newcastle up to 5th position in the league last season, this season’s Premier League performance has simply been a disaster – with Newcastle being completely unprepared for competing in the Europa League – in which we played 14 games.
The squad was just not big enough, and we got more injuries than could have been expected, with players like Coloccini, Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Krul out for long periods, and we lost Demba Ba in January to Chelsea, and he was not replaced.
But we thought Mike Ashley would keep Pardew on Tyneside, and most managers struggle in their first few seasons – Davide Moyes and Alex Ferguson at Everton and Manchester United – two long term managers – are two very good examples.
Davide Moyes joined Everton in March 2002, and in his first full season in charge Everton were 7th top in 2003, but then in the next season (2004) they finished 4th bottom, on 37 points and only survived relegation because they had a better goal difference that Leicester City – 12 to -17, and stayed up.
But Moyes survived and was not fired, and the next season in 2004, he had Everton 4th top with 61 points, and they got into the Champions League and were one place above Liverpool in the league.
People often say how they want stability at Newcastle, like Everton and Manchester United have – but if Moyes had been at Newcastle he would have been fired in 2004. – for sure.
In 2004 when Everton were 4th bottom, Bobby Robson was fired when Newcastle finished 5th top on 56 points, and got to the semi-final of the UEFA Cup that season.
Bobby Robson was fired and David Moyes survived. – so you see what we mean. – and Newcastle are a different club than we were in 2004 – we’re have more stability and in much better financial health.
Alex Ferguson – another long term manager had huge problems in his first three seasons at Manchester and only the Board – and particularly Bobby Charlton – stuck by him in his second season when they had a number of their top players out injured.
Newcastle have tried changing managers before when they have one bad season – or one bad half season even – but it hardly helps the stability of the club – and new managers will want different players brought in and it gets to be very costly.
And since Mike Ashley has been at the club we’ve had six managers, but only two since our relegation four years ago – the great Chris Hughton who saved Norwich yesterday when they hammered West Brom 4-0, and now Alan Pardew.
We’ve got a great squad – when everybody is fit – and the fact that Alan is staying will be a boon to the players – who will know what to expect next season.
It’s hardly a surprise – although we know a number of Newcastle fans will not be happy about this – and that may be an understatement.
And Pardew will need to have a very good season next term.
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