Newcastle’s owner Mike Ashley is said to be furious with manager Alan Pardew, for Newcastle’s third straight defeat against Sunderland for the first time in 91 years, and it was the second time in succession that we have lost 3-0 at St. James’ Park.
Mike Ashley – furious about Sunderland loss
But it doesn’t seem to us the Newcastle manager has had too much help from the owner, after he sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG last week, didn’t replace him, and there was no sign of Mike Ashley or his conduit Director of Football Joe Kinnear, at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
But after what has happened last week, it would take a ruthless and thoughtless owner to fire the manager, after he has just sold his best player and not replaced him.
So it looks like that is possible.
Alan Pardew has made it clear all this season, and last month too, that selling Yohan Cabaye without bringing in a replacement would be a mistake – but that’s exactly what Mike Ashley did.
Rather than sacking Alan Pardew, maybe Mike should be explaining to the Newcastle fan base – what he was doing last week when he weakened Newcastle’s side for the rest of this season.
This is some of what Alan Pardew has said about the situation today:
“I’m a professional manager.” “If I was in charge, solely, of transfers things might be different but I’m not. I think I’ve made my opinions very clear this week and all the rest of it is confidential.”
That’s as close as Alan can get to laying the blame for the mess squarely at Mike Ashley’s feet.
It would be a bit rich if Alan Pardew is fired, and while we don’t expect that to happen, we wouldn’t be surprised at anything Mike Ashley does, given his mistake ridden tenure of Newcastle United over the last six and a half years.
The Newcastle fans are simply furious with everything that has gone on this last week, topped off by another humiliating 3-0 defeat at home by Sunderland, for the second season running.
It seems the owner is furious too.
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