There’s been a debate after the season ended among fans, about whether Alan Pardew should have kept his job at Newcastle, after the team experienced a dismal season and finished 5th bottom – but still above Sunderland.
Alan Pardew – has a season to prove himself
And here is a poll we have out on the site with a majority thinking Pardew should have been fired.
People point to Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and David Moyes as three good examples of teams who have had success because they stuck with their managers.
But they only stuck with their managers because they were successful, and if they hadn’t been they would probably have been fired.
We think the problem Newcastle have had since 1997, when Kevin Keegan left the club after five great years in charge, is that the club didn’t give their managers enough time to get going.
The managers since Kevin Keegan in 1997 have been Kenny Dalglish (18 months), Ruud Gullit ((12 months), Bobby Robson (5 years), Graeme Souness (17 months), Glenn Roeder (15 months), Sam Allardyce (8 months), Kevin Keegan ( 9 months), Joe Kinnear ( 6 months due to heart condition), Alan Shearer (3 months), Chris Hughton (18 months and Alan Pardew (29 months and counting).
So with out last 11 managers, nine have lasted 18 months or less, and only Bobby Robson and Alan Pardew have survived longer than that, and the current manager is under extreme pressure.
Few could argue that all those firings were justified, and they’ve happened when both Freddy Shepherd and Mike Ashley were running the club.
And it’s very expensive for any club to keep changing managers, because of having to pay contract termination fees, and also managers come in and want different players – and that leads to significant churn in the transfer market.
In the cases of Alex Ferguson and David Moyes they both had poor starts at Manchester United and Everton respectively, and both Boards were patient with them – and of course they went on to have great success.
Arsene Wenger hit the ground running in 1996, and has had Arsenal in the top four in every single season he’s been at Arsenal, but that hasn’t stopped him being under extreme pressure over the last few years – because he hasn’t won anything.
We wish Newcastle had been in the top four for the last 17 seasons.
Mike Ashley has stuck with Alan Pardew, mainly because of his great success in his first full season on Tyneside – and we’ll have to wait and see if Alan goes on to have great success at the club.
For the sake of Newcastle United we certainly hope he does, and we think he deserves a season to prove he’s still the right man.
What do you think?
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