Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is expected to decide whether to keep 51 year-old Alan Pardew as the manager within the next couple of days.
Mike Ashley – first decision is whether to retain Alan Pardew as manager
A meeting is scheduled for later this week, but before that the owner needs to decide whether to keep Alan Pardew, after Newcastle badly under performed in the Premier League this season and finished in 16th place – our second worst position ever since the league was started 20 years ago.
While Alan Pardew made an excellent start to his Newcastle management career, by getting Newcastle into 5th place and Europe in his first full season last term, this season have been a completely different story.
Alan thinks he is safe, in fact he’s told the press he’s 100% certain of staying as the Newcastle manager – and that was after Mike Ashley made a fleeting visit to the training ground last Friday, before the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday – so we’ll see.
Pardew’s record at Newcastle is played 120, won 44, drawn 32 and lost 44, for a win percentage of 36.67% and a loss average of exactly the same – 36.67%.
Bobby Robson’s record at the club was played 255, won 119, drew 64 and lost 72, for a win percentage of 46.67% and a loss percentage of 28.2%.
In Kevin Keegan’s first spell at Newcastle from 1992 until 1997 he ended up managing in 251 games, winning 138, drawing 51 and losing 62 for a win percentage of 55% and a loss average of 24.7%.
While the expectation is that Pardew will stay on at Newcastle, we cannot help thinking that Mike Ashley has a habit of surprising Newcastle fans, like he did when he suddenly fired Chris Hughton as manager in December of 2010, before bringing Pardew in as the new manager.
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