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.
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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