When you hold a prominent position at a company and you don’t perform, and it’s obvious you are not performing up to requirements, three things can happen – you can be moved out to another job in what is called a sideways move, you can be fired, or you can take the initiative and go find yourself another job at another company, before the hammer comes down.
Alan Pardew – managing during a dark period at Newcastle
And at the moment we have Alan Pardew and his coaching staff, along with the playing staff, who seem to be proving week after week that they are not good enough to be at Newcastle United.
Swansea have been struggling mightily both on and off the field recently, but they still managed to beat us yesterday 2-1, albeit with a penalty in stoppage time, but that’s now five successive league defeats and that’s the most consecutive league defeats in the Premier League era, by any Newcastle manager.
If Freddy Shepherd had been Chairman, then nobody would get to that record, because they would have been sacked before that – and that’s why under Shepherd managers like Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder all lasted less than eighteen months as Newcastle manager.
But firing the manager all the time produced its own confusion and instability, and it was very costly too.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has taken a different tact, and he has kept Pardew in the job for stability, even though we struggled mightily against relegation last season.
This season was always a season that Pardew had to prove that he was good enough to be the Newcastle United manager, and while we did great getting 33 points from our first 18 games, we are now sinking like a rock.
We’ve lost 13 of the last 18 games in all competitions, including losing twice to both Sunderland and Swansea this season – and in fact Swansea have now beaten us all four times we have met over the last two seasons.
This run of league defeats is still not over, and we still have Arsenal, Cardiff City and Liverpool to play this season – so if we lose all three games, will Alan Pardew still be the manager for next season?
That’s a question Newcastle fans are asking, and wondering when Mike Ashley will take some action to get Newcastle back on tact, and try to make us into a club that challenges for a top six position again.
Unfortunately, that may never be the case under this current Newcastle owner.
That’s the (very) inconvenient truth – it seems.
What do you think?