There is a growing feeling that if Newcastle lose to Swansea City on Saturday – a team that is fighting against relegation and are only 3 points above the drop zone – and suffer five defeats on the trot, that could well see owner Mike Ashley fire Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager.
Alan Pardew on Saturday at Stoke
Of course it would take some gumption for the Newcastle owner to fire his manager after he has been part of the problem.
Ashley sold our best player in January – Yohan Cabaye for £20M to PSG – and then he didn’t replace him, and in one move for big money three months ago – it weakened the Newcastle side big time.
Newcastle have missed Yohan Cabaye’s goals – he had scored five in his last seven games for Newcastle – and his creative play has also been a big miss – and we wont even mention his threat from free-kicks.
And then early in March to compound things, we lost Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy to injury, and they haven’t played since, and we have had five defeats in the last six games, and have scored one goal.
And it’s certainly true that for one reason or another Alan Pardew is not getting the best out of the players he has available.
If he is, then the players need to be sold in the summer, because they are patently not good enough to wear the back and white shirt of Newcastle United.
So even if we are hopeless again on Saturday and heaven forbid we lose for the fourth successive time to Swansea, we still don’t think Mike Ashley will sack the manager.
But you never know what Mike Ashley may do, and you never know what Ashley is thinking – maybe he’s going to sell the club in the summer.
OK – so I just made that one up – bet that got your attention.
If Pardew is fired before the summer transfer window rolls around, Wigan’s new German manager Uwe Rosler, or former Chelsea and West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo would likely be strong candidates for the job.
But if there is going to be a change of manager, it would need to take place before the summer transfer season starts, because the manager needs to have input into that process.
We still think the chances are that Alan Pardew will be the manager come pre-season training in July – unless we lose the last four games of the season.
The Newcastle players need to go all out – 100% on Saturday – to try to get a second win in seven games.
What do you think?