Former Newcastle winger David Ginola doesn’t understand why Alan Pardew is still the Newcastle manager, after two poor seasons that followed Alan Pardew’s first full season at Newcastle, when he had us in 5th place, and was the Premier League Manager of the Season and the PFA Manager of the Season – the first time any Newcastle manager had won either of those awards.
David Ginola – why is Pardew still the manager?
Newcastle did very well in the first half of last season, and after we hammered Stoke City 5-1 we were 6th top, just 3 points behind Liverpool.
But then the decline started, and on March 1st, Pardew got himself and Newcastle into a lot of trouble, when he foolishly head-butted Hull City’s David Meyler, and was banned for seven games.
And that was news around the sports world, and certainly not good news for Newcastle United, and it coincided with a terrible run of results that followed – and we lost six of those next seven games.
Then we lost six Premier league games in a row for the first time ever in the Premier League, but at the end of the season Mike Ashley decided to keep Pardew on, which was a little surprising, especially after the fans had made it abundantly clear they didn’t want Pardew as manager.
But the way Mike Ashley thinks, which is almost always at odds with Newcastle fans, maybe that was one reason he kept Pardew at the club?
This is what the now 47 year-old former French International and Newcastle winger had to say to Perform:
“They haven’t done much. He hasn’t done much at the club.” “I think he’s behind Arsene Wenger in being the second manager to have been staying for a long time for a club and he did it without being successful.”
“Alan Pardew, is he the man? He’s not because he doesn’t bring success to the club. You’re always judged by the things you do and if you look at Newcastle results for the last three or four years, nothing much.”
“They deserve better than that, the fans – the Geordies – and the city.”
We just hope we can have a good transfer window in the summer, but then it will be really important to have a (very) good start to next season, and maybe we can finish in the top six?
If we have another bad season, it would likely be Alan Pardew’s last season on Tyneside.