Alan Pardew is surprisingly the Premier League’s second longest serving manager, after being in the job at Newcastle United for three years and five months, and that’s the longest anybody has served as a Newcastle manager since Sir Bobby Robson managed the club for five years from 1999 through 2004.
Alan Pardew – under pressure
It seems that Newcastle’s transfer plans for this summer are already being executed, and in the last week we’ve been linked with some very decent players.
Alan Pardew seems to be looking forward to the summer transfer window, but he admits he has other things on his plate at the moment.
Maybe one of those is to somehow stop a five game losing streak in the Premier League, and that’s the very first time that’s ever happened at Newcastle United.
With the next game being at the Emirates, and Arsenal now playing well with some top players back, that streak could extend to six games next Monday night.
This is what the Newcastle manager has said in the Shields Gazette today:
“We’ve looked at a couple of things last week that might be opportunities for us,” “And we also looked at a couple of players for the summer.”
“That’s an area we need to get to, but we’ll be in a good position in the summer, I think. But we need to get there first.”
Newcastle need to get there first and so does Alan Pardew, and the last three games of the season could well decide whether Alan keeps his job at the club.
To be fair to the Newcastle manager, there are some extenuating circumstances as to why Newcastle are in this position.
No permanent players have been signed since we brought in the five Frenchmen sixteen months ago to help avoid relegation, and you always need to keep buying players to improve the side.
Notice how the Liverpool owners are making big money available this summer to Brendan Rodgers, after Liverpool could win the Premier League for the first time ever.
That’s the exact right thing to do – invest and build when you are doing well, and it contrasts to what Newcastle did after we finished 5th in 2012 – we brought in one player – Vurnon Anita.
With the results over the last five games, and especially the last minute win by Swansea last time out, the final three games of the season are now absolutely vital, and decent results are needed if Alan Pardew is to continue to lead Newcastle.
But it’s hard to see how we can take anything from the Emirates and at Anfield in two of the last three games.