Newcastle Manager’s Job Safe For Now – Maybe


There was a report in the Sunday Express yesterday that said Alan Pardew had to have Newcastle  beat Aston Villa this coming Sunday, if he was to remain the manager of Newcastle.

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Alan Pardew – job safe for now?

It didn’t take a genius to know that questions are again being asked about Alan Pardew’s management capabilities,  with the side having lost seven of their last nine game, having suffered five defeats in a row at St. James’ Park.

And we’ve also lost three times in a row against relegation fighting Sunderland, for the first time since 1923, and those records are not good – to say the least.

And news today in the local papers that Alan Pardew’s job is safe, at least through the end of the season, and the logic there is that Newcastle are safe from relegation and there’s no real urgency to fire Alan Pardew immediately – as other clubs have done who are in relegation trouble.

But if Alan cannot turn things around in the final 12 games of the season, his job could be in jeopardy, because just last season we had a terrible time of it, and Newcastle lost 10 league games out of  13 – but Alan wasn’t fired.

But it did say that Pardew had to prove himself this season, which he was doing until we lost to Arsenal 1-0 at home in the final game of last year, and this terrible streak was born.

Pardew’s fate may also depend on who Mike Ashley appoints as the top executive at Newcastle to replace Joe Kinnear, and if it’s Derek LLambias as some would have us believe, then it would be unlikely that Alan would be fired in the summer –  even if the last 12 games don’t go well.

Derek is an ally of Pardew’s, which is why all the fuss was made last summer when Joe Kinnear was appointed Director of Football and Derek resigned – seemingly in protest.

But whatever happens in the summer, the number one job for Pardew, his coaches and our players from now through the end of the season, is to start winning some games and restore the dignity of Newcastle United.

We’re all for that.

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23 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Feb 17, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #1

    wolfs f’ in hilarious

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 17, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #2
  • mag

    Feb 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Ashley needs to spend big in the summer.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #4

    How depressing

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 17, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #5

    would not bank on it
    hell get his cask and do a runner

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 17, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Mark

    Big names? Why do we need one of those? Look where FFS got us with signing all those big names. ZERO trophies and a bucketload of debt.

    I’d take Cabaye, Ba, Tiote and Debuchy over Owen, Boumsong, Viana and Kluivert any day.

    Why should we pay £20M for a 28 year old player when we can get two 24 years olds for the same investment? Why would a £20M 28 year old want to come to a non-CL club? It’s either because he’s not good enough for a CL club in a top league or he’s after the money.

    It’s ridiculous that we didn’t replace Cabaye as if we’d signed someone like him (Grenier?) then I’d have understood.

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  • mag

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley needs to spend a 100 million at least.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #8

    fact most of those have gone the rest bound to follow .
    so you would rather have a side of over 35s 🙄

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #9

    JT

    Owner of Falcons is a guy called Semore Kurdi. He used to co-own it with a guy named Thompson (one of the club hookers dad, who was sh1t but always got a game)

    He bought out Thompsons because his lack of ambition was killing us, and began to invest more. Too late as we got relegated, but he brought in Dean Richards as coach and we were promoted and are slowly starting to look canny again.

    I assume you asked because NUFC could do with an owner with that attitude?

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #10

    tds

    20 mill can also get 20 loan players haha

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Marty-Toon

    Arsenal have also sold Nasri, Clichy and Fabregas and haven’t won a trophy for 8 years. Lack of ambition?

    And what point are you arguing here?

    If you’re making a different point that we don’t have enough players who are goal threats, then I 100% agree and I’ve been saying it for ages. This season our goals have really come from Remy, Goofy and Cabaye. Sissoko hasn’t scored as many as he’d have liked to, Ben Arfa doesn’t seem to know when to pass or shoot and none of our other strikers have done much so far. We need multiple goal threats so the opposition doesn’t know who to mark.

    Looking at the stats, 8 players have scored for us in the PL this season and 4 of those have 1 each…

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  • mag

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Morons like TDS haven’t a clue his paragraphs of infantile hero worship of Ashleys balls up of the club are embarrassing.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Tds

    granted. But where has it gotten us? All i ask for is some sign he has an interest in us winning SOMETHING. But season after season and window after window…. disapointment. He is happy with mid table.

    I dont want him gone for just anyone, everyone knows there are far worse out there, but there are definitely mpre ambitious people out there, and if Ashley is truely not bothered (as it looks) then he should sell up. It is starting to look malicious now. It really is.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #14

    wolfshead

    Sadly not…as there are still fees involved with loan players and we have to pay their wages too usually.

    I’d rather have had Lukaku for a season than signed someone like RvW…

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #15

    mag

    do you take over trolling duties when cathy is away and vice versa lol

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Loves the fact that we will keep Pardew at least until the end of the season!

    …definitely the manager of the season for me 😉

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Mark

    Aaah. Here’s the problem with Ashley. Is he going to be allowed to celebrate with the fans if we win something? Will he be lauded as a hero by us all if we get a trophy? Probably not…and I think he’s given up on that fantasy.

    I don’t think he wants mid-table, he wants whatever gets him more money. A trophy would be nice but not essential and not worth risking PL places. What he wants is a stable top PL club and if we make some excellent signings and some youth come through then maybe he will be willing to invest to push us into the CL. Then the club will be worth even more and I reckon he’ll sell.

    I don’t think it’s got anything to do with his lack of ambition, I think it’s got to do with his focus on the bottom line and his lack of understanding of football.

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  • mag

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Fat mike needs to loosen the purse strings and invest some serious cash instead of crying hard up, he’s got plenty of money to invest.

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  • mag

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #19

    @15 I thought we had agreed you are a sheepsheed!

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Tds

    personally i would question Arsenals ambition too. They have clearly the potential to win things, but have simply hovered around the top four and won nowt for 8 years.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Mark

    So in that case, the only clubs that could be classed as having ambition are the ones owned by foreign billionaire playboys? The like of Chelski, City, QPR and Cardiff are run to the whim of their owner while even big clubs like Man Utd, Liverpool and Spurs are having to build gradually.

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  • mag

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Could have been Newcastle United if fatty had sold to Mansour.

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  • theartfuldodger

    Feb 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Arsenal have a style of play unlike us. Ofcourse loosing top talent may have cost them titles but they play good football and are in CL. Theres something to look forward to.
    What do we look forward to …

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