The Express is reporting today that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will keep Alan Pardew on as the Newcastle manager for next season.
Mike Ashley – will not fire his manager
It was a very good start to the season for Newcastle, but since after Boxing Day the side has slumped badly, but will still finish in the top ten, and after the final game today could even finish in 9th place.
Since the target was to finish in the top ten, there will be bonuses given out, and it doesn’t matter how you reach the target, once it’s reached the bonuses will have to be paid – that’s how it’s done – that’s business.
There were strong protests against both Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew in our last home game of the season last Saturday, when we finally won again and beat Cardiff City 3-0.
And there will probably be some today at Anfield, but if Ashley sticks with Pardew – which seems to be what’s going to happen if the Express report is true, we wonder if there are going to be more protests.
Alan Pardew met his target for the season, and the protests were against both Ashley and Pardew – so in those circumstances it was always possible that Ashley would stick by his manager.
If he fired Pardew, would all the protests then be against Mike Ashley to try to get him out as owner?
The way that would work is he would admit to trying to sell, and then we’d have the circus of who was bidding, if anybody, but we cannot see many people paying £300M for Newcastle these days, not when nobody came in for the club at £80M in 2010.
The protests last week – as strong as they were – could have backfired and helped Pardew keep his job.
But Pardew does not have much support from fans with 82% in our poll wanting him out.
We should know in day or two whether this Express report is true.
What do you think?