Newcastle got a great result on Saturday, and the 3-0 win over Cardiff City ensured the South Wales club would be relegated after just one season in the Premier League, but unfortunately the display did not match the result in terms of how well Newcastle played.
Mike Ashley – not coincidence that he wasn’t at the game on Saturday
But the game was marked by protests throughout the game by the frustrated, fed up and angry Newcastle fans, and they were against both manager Alan Pardew, who was at the game and took most of the abuse, and it was the most abuse seen towards any manager for a long long time.
The protests, chants and banners were also directed towards the owner Mike Ashley, who was not at the game, and that was not by coincidence, and Ashley simply lacks the ambition to be an appropriate, good and successful owner of such a great club as Newcastle United.
There’s really no doubting that.
But there wasn’t the mass walkout the NUST had urged, and it’s always difficult for Newcastle fans to walk out on their team at St. James’ Park, and the number who left were in the hundreds, and certainly not in the thousands.
After the game on Saturday, and 3 points which could yet see us finish in 9th place in the league, despite a run of 13 defeats in 19 league games since Boxing Day, Pardew said the club would address the problems and put them right:
“We’ve got ourselves in a position here when we’ve put so much pressure on ourselves and our fans are not happy about that.” “How best can we deal with doing it?”
“There’s no point sweeping it under the carpet and saying that everything is hunky-dory.” “We’ve won today and it’s all good. We know there’s problems and I’m accepting that, we need to put it right.”
We so think that Mike Ashley will try to put things right in the summer, and it should be our biggest and hopefully our best transfer window for many years, if the team is to be strengthened sufficiently, so we are not fighting relegation next season..
But there are also big question marks about whether Alan Pardew will remain as the Newcastle manager, and that’s a decision Ashley will need to make shortly after our last game at Liverpool next Sunday.
The Newcastle manager has not talked to the owner for about three weeks, so he will not know too much about what Mike Ashley is thinking about the terrible run of results.
But if he does decide to sack Pardew, it’s almost certain that Ashley will try to appoint David Moyes, since he has twice in the past tried to persuade him to become the Newcastle manager, while he was at Everton.
The first time was when Sam Allardyce was fired in January, 2008, and then when Chris Hughton was fired in December of 2010.
It will be interesting to see if Mike Ashley makes any changes at all, and it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that he keeps Pardew as manager, because he has a history of having views and taking decisions, that are contrary to the wishes of Newcastle fans.
What do you think?