Since Kevin Keegan left in January of 1997, there have been 11 managers at Newcastle in those 16 years, and we’ve won nowt.
Alan Pardew – give him a chance
Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew have all been in charge at Newcastle in that order, and since Mike Ashley arrived six years ago we’ve had six managers.
And for the very time in that period a manager is not being sacked for having had a bad Premier League season, although in the Europa League we did quite well to reach the quarter finals and almost made it to the final four.
And if David Moyes had joined Newcastle in 2002 instead of Everton , he would have been fired in 2004, when Everton finished tied for 3rd bottom but escaped the drop by having a better goal difference than Leicester – -12 to -17. And David didn’t have a European campaign of 14 games to negotiate that season either.
In that summer of 2004 we fired Bobby Robson because he only finished in 5th place in the league and didn’t get us to the UEFA Cup Final – we were knocked out by Marseilles in the semi-final – it wasn’t good enough.
After putting the article out this morning saying that Alan Pardew’s job is safe we’ve received a number of comments and emails that basically say it’s dangerous to have a mystical or blind faith in stability, and ignore the results.
What blind faith?
In the past we’ve fired managers during the season – after they had already brought in players they wanted in the previous summer, and guess what – they were not the players the new manager wanted.
Only Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer were not fired during a season – and they are special cases with Joe getting heart problems in February of 2009, and Alan having a short contract through the end of the 2008-2009 season.
So it’s a bit of an over-reaction to say Newcastle have a blind faith in stability – despite our poor results.,
We’ve done just hopeless in changing our managers all the time – so give Alan Pardew a chance to turn it around next season – he may even do just that.
And we hope he does turn it around – because that will be great for the club – and that’s what we want.
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