We don’t know whether owner Mike Ashley will call time on Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager at the end of the season, but we have thought a little bit about some of the things Ashley can point out to the manager, as to why he fired him.
Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley
Here’s the list:
- Last season we struggled mightily and at one stage lost 10 games of 13 league games, the final defeat being at home to Reading 2-1. We finished 5th bottom and this was always going to be a season that Alan Pardew would need to prove himself.
- Newcastle have lost three games in a row to Sunderland for the first time since 1923, and if the Newcastle manager and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet remain for next season, do we have much hope we can beat Sunderland – assuming they are not relegated?
- Alan Pardew became the first Newcastle manager ever to lose six Premier League games in a row and the worst we had done was to lose four PL games in a row before this season.
- Newcastle have lost 14 of the last 19 games in all competitions, and in thirteen of them we have failed to score.
- Newcastle have only 46 points and the best we can achieve is probably 49 points, and that’s only 8 points better than last season – and there’s a reasonable possibility we will end up with only 46 points.
- We have been knocked out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle in three of four attempts under Alan Pardew since 2011 – twice to Championship side Brighton and once to Stevenage.
- Alan Pardew hasn’t been exactly controlled on the touchline in his Newcastle career and became the first Newcastle manager to get himself banned for seven matches – the first four of which were stadium bans. We lost six of those seven games and scored just two goals – and the news of his head-butt on Hull City’s David Meyler gave Newcastle United some very negative headlines around the world.
And even in our local paper here in Raleigh there was a picture of Alan Pardew and the story that he had had-butted an opposing player – as my wife Madeline pointed out to me.
In Alan’s favor is that the owner also shares significant responsibility for Newcastle’s plight this year.
Newcastle in their wisdom, didn’t make one permanent signing in the last two transfer windows, with Joe Kinnear as the Director of Football – but the fans knew Joe would be hopeless in the job, as soon as he announced he had it, so how come he was appointed in the first place?
And of course Mike Ashley decided to sell Yohan Cabaye in January, and that’s the second time he’s weakened the side to get big money over the last three years or so – having sold Andy Carroll in January of 2011 – and remember at the time Andy was the Newcastle and England talisman.
In January we not only lost a valuable goalscorer and creative player in Cabaye, but it created the mind-set in the squad that Newcastle don’t really care too much about the team, and certainly cannot be accused of being an ambitious club.
That’s not going to have a positive effect at any club, and the question that keeps coming up for us these days, is what makes Mike Ashley think he should be owning a football club?
Those are some of the things Alan can use in his defense, and if we do finish in the top ten he can say he met the target for the season.
But this has turned out to be an utterly disastrous year for Newcastle United.