Since January of 1997 Newcastle have had 12 managers – Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew – in that order.
Alan Pardew – longest serving manager for 9 years
So 12 managers in 16 years makes it very difficult for Newcastle to build up a good side, and in fact it was only in Bobby Robson;s reign of five years that Newcastle have been successful since Kevin Keegan left for the first time in January of 1997 after five magical years at Newcastle..
The problem is when a new manager comes in, they have a different style of playing and want different types of players, so there is always the churn of players leaving and coming – and it’s hard to have a successful side when you keep changing managers – and Newcastle have proved that.
Alan Pardew has been at the club for about 29 months, since he joined in December of 2010, and he’s now the longest serving manager since Bobby Robson was fired in August of 2004.
If Alan Pardew is indeed to stay at Newcastle this summer, the other reason he will be a unique manager at Newcastle is that since January of 1997, he will be the first manager not fired after having a poor season.
Newcastle have struggled in the league, and fighting relegation again, although we did get back into Europe for the first time since 2006, and the first time since Mike Ashley has owned the club since the summer of 2007.
Manager churn never did any club any good, and we did expect Pardew to stay at the helm of Newcastle, but whether there will be a formal announcement about that at some time after Sunday’s game we don’t know.
Since Mike Ashley visited the training grounds yesterday we expect he had a quiet word with the manager saying that his job was safe.
So we may have to wait a while for our 13th manager since Kevin Keegan ended one of the most successful reigns of any manager at Newcastle.
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