If it’s true that Mike Ashley tried to hire David Moyes twice – once when Kevin Keegan left the club in September of 2008, and then again when Chris Hughton was ruthlessly sacked in December of 2010, as reported in the Telegraph today, then there’s a good chance that if the last three results of the season are as bad as the previous five – all defeats – then Alan Pardew’s time as Newcastle manager could be up, and David Moyes could become the next Newcastle manager.
Moyes and Pardew – while Moyes was at Everton
There are various odds depending on which betting site you go to, but as just one example Moyes is 3-1 on the thesackrace site and the next in line are Tony Pulis and Steve McClaren (what??) and both are at 20-1.
And most of the other sites – like Paddy Power have Moyes at 5/2 followed by former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup at 9-1 and former West Brom and Chelsea manager Roberto Matteo at 10-1.
The point is that on the betting web-sites David Moyes seems to be the very clear favorite – and we think Alan Pardew has got to get at least one win in the last three games to keep his job as the Newcastle manager, and that’s still possible if – for example – we can take Cardiff City apart in our next home game.
It’s up to Alan Pardew and the players to show they can fight back and get some points on the board from our final three games of the season, but the performances have to be good enough in each of the last three games – after just a terrible time of it since Boxing Day.
What do you think?