There’s been some very bad press for both Alan Pardew and Newcastle United since last Saturday, when the Newcastle manager stupidly lost his senses on the touch-line and head-butted Hull City player David Meyler.
Alan Pardew in the stands – after being sent off by referee Kevin Friendly
Who’s been a bad boy then?
Pardew has been charged with improper conduct by the FA and has until 6:00 pm on Thursday to contest the charge, but he’s unlikely to do that.
It’s been bad news all around this week, even though Newcastle played some great football in the game, and when the incident happened were 3-1 ahead and completely in control.
It ended up to be a 4-1 win – our seventh of the season and we are only one behind the pace we set two years ago when we finished 5th – but all the news was about the Pardew – Meyler incident – and it didn’t put our club in a good light.
One good thing that could come out of all of this negativity, is that Pardew realize the gravity of the situation, and then does all he can to have Newcastle finish their last 10 league games with a flourish.
He owes that to both the Newcastle fans and the Newcastle players, who have both been robbed of basking in the glory of what was an excellent performance and a great win last Saturday – I thought I was watching Brazil at their best at times.
And while over 75% of fans think Pardew should not be fired for the incident, there was never any way he would be fired now – because that would be like shooting ourselves in the foot – once again.
But if Newcastle founder in the last 10 games of the season, maybe because Pardew gets a touch-line ban, there’s still a chance Mike Ashley could fire the Londoner after the last game of the season.
That could have also happened last season when we finished 5th bottom and struggled against relegation.
There ares incentives all around for Alan Pardew to prove he is still the right manager for Newcastle before the end of the season – but he also has to cut out these touch-line altercations – because he’s had far too many of them in his management career of over fourteen years.
What do you think?
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