When it came out that Newcastle’s target was to finish in the top ten it was met by fans with some derision, but to be fair that was always said to be a minimum target this season, and if we could finish top six – great.
Alan Pardew – job in jeopardy
New Managing Director Lee Charnley made that clear when he was appointed as Newcastle’;s top executive at the club, and that;s the point at which bonuses would be paid out – and the higher above 10th place the team finished the more the players would get in their bonuses.
However if we don’t make the ten, and allow Crystal Palace and Stoke to overtake us then no bonuses are paid out and Newcastle have missed their minimum target.
If that happens Alan Pardew could be facing an inquest on the season for the second time in a year, and if he misses the minimum target set for Newcastle by owner Mike Ashley, does that mean he will be fired in the summer?
We don’t know the answer to that, but it’s a decent reason to sack the manager, especially when we were fighting relegation last season, and finished 5th bottom twelve months after finishing 5th top.
So we also missed out target last season.
There is no doubt that the last three games of the season now take on great significance, for both meeting the target and Alan Pardew keeping his job.
So to say there is nothing to play for at Newcastle through the end of the season is nonsense.
We don’t think Alan Pardew would agree there’s nothing to play for – with his job now being on the line.
But whether he can arouse and inspire his players to show they actually care, when wearing the famous Newcastle United shirt – is another matter.