Report Alan Pardew Future Now Uncertain At Newcastle

When we saw the headline in the Independent late last night that said in short that “Alan Pardew Has Two Games to Save His Job at Newcastle”  we thought that was a little strong,  that the manager would be fired after only five games of the season, but the Independent is reporting that Alan Pardew’s job may not be safe at Newcastle.

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Alan Pardew – under pressure at Newcastle?

If it wasn’t safe on Sunday, then it’s become a lot less safe with the way Ben Arfa was forced out of the club by the manager on Monday night, and now it seems he has even more fans wanting him out of the club than ever before, so maybe the Independent may be onto something.

But it would be bad timing to fire Pardew after the next two games – because we have now lost Ben Arfa – and there’s no way back for the lad, but we cannot think that Ashley is very happy at the completely unprofessional way Alan Pardew has handled Hatem Ben Arfa this year, and basically treated him like a pariah and an outcast.

It’s almost as bad as head-butting an opposing player.

I was responsible at IBM for managing a lot of employees in my last ten years at the American company – and let me tell you – this is not the way to handle people – even in football management – they have to be handled with civility, dignity and respect.

We did point out that the next four league games for Newcastle are all fixtures  we lost last season – so picking up points in the next four games will not be easy.

The report suggests while the dub were willing to stand by the manager last season, Pardew must execute this season almost flawlessly, with Newcastle rumored to expect a finish in the top eight, and like all club owners these days, Ashley will not allow Newcastle to linger in the relegation zone for too long, before taking some action.

There;s too much money to be lost.

That’s Ashley’s top priority – not to be relegated – so if Newcastle are at or near the bottom after five or more games,  that would not be good for Pardew, especially when he has praised Newcastle for bringing in the players we have this summer.

That’s left him very little room for manoeuvre if he doesn’t do well.

The reaction of the fans to Ben Arfa’s departure has been overwhelmingly negative towards the manager, and we’ve seen some furious comments against Pardew, who has now lost support of even more of the Geordie fan base – that at the very least is what’s happened since Monday night’s departure of the mercurial one.

Of course the report today could be completely groundless, and then that would probably mean the Independent is banned and joins quite a few other newspapers who have lost their reporting privileges at St. James’ Park.

Time will tell – but we do think Newcastle have some tough games coming up after the International break.

Maybe more change is in the air at Newcastle United?

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28 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Had a dream last night. Someone bought the club off ashley. Was almost as good as the one where i was sexually assaulted by destiny’s child.

  • geordie157

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #2

    My worry with Ashley is he could replace him with someone worse!

    I’d give him til Nov, let new players have a chance to adjust before deciding. Although with those centre back options we could struggle.

  • BuckLuck

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    I think a couple of losses against Southampton and Hull will get Pardew sacked. It would be an awful start to the season. That on top of last seasons finish will make it very difficult for Ashley to pinpoint how much money he have to spend in january to avoid relegation.
    Pardew would be THE uncrontollable factor Ashley up until now had in his pocket. Besides that Pardew doesn’t develop players(read assets). It becomes more and more evident every season that Pardew is also uneconomical.

    That combination will get him sacked. It’s just a matter of time, and personally I think it could be short after september 20th.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4


    It’s like you want everyone to start arguing over this! Again. It’s futile. Hes gone.

  • jettson1971

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Not a hope in hell of a top 8 finish!! that’s comedy to think that.

    If P45due is on performance pay then no way will Cashley accept a worde league position than last season. So P45due must produce better than top 10, I think we all know that it won’t now happen. P45due ego and arrogance are going to cost NUFC and himself big time!!
    #pardewout!!!!! #pardewout!!!!! #pardewout!!!!!

  • BuckLuck

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Does Ashley have a clause in Pardews contract perhaps? Maybe if we’re outside the top 12 he can be sacked with only a years salary?

    If so it was a clever business to loan out Mbiwa.

    Hope is a good ting 🙂

  • Markaccus

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #7


    Thats my worry too. Dont trust Ashley to get a footballing decision right, ever.

  • firebug666

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #8


    Ashley has had many opportunities to sack the inept one but chose to stick with him. As long as the inept one manages to keep us in the premier league and Ashley in the money then his job is safe.

    If any other manager in any league had done even a quarter of what the inept one has done he would have been long gone.

    The simple truth is Ashley does not want an ambitious club as this would cost to much, Premier league survival is always the target. He has no desire to do anything for the fans and has the same contempt for us that we have for him. Cheap tickets for example is designed to get bums on seats because the more black and white he has in the stadium the more his red and blue SD signs stand out.

    In truth I think he hates us fans with a passion, and will never give us what we want. He know we hate the inept one, and for that reason alone he will not sack him.

    Poor football, poor formation, poor tactics, lies before and after the match are all set to continue for the foreseeable future.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #9

    pulis until the end of the season

  • Mag52

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Whether you eat your pasta with a spoon or with a fork, it’s the same pasta.
    Any new manager will have to sign up to the Ashley Doctrine ‘No cups, no European football, no relegation’.
    The only difference there’ll be with a new manager will be a few weeks of hope amongst the fans before reality sets in.
    Top management has no ambition for this club, and will not have till Ashley moves on. The manager is irrelevant.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #11

    If Pardew knew about MYM going and they told him they will replace him and didn’t then he’s been shafted again and took it again,if they have done it behind his back without his knowledge he’s been shafted AGAIN and took it AGAIN.I used to think it was a Pardew v Jabba power struggle but there really would only be 1 winner.I thought last season that Jabba sabotaged Pardew’s season,now i think they are both in on it.He has to be,you cannot keep getting shafted and take it,once maybe twice is pushing it,Jabba has shafted him so many times it wouldn’t surprise me if he keeps Pardew in chains next to his bed wearing a gold bikini.There’s a Queens Of The Stone Age Song called “I’m Designer” and it asks “How many times must i sell myself,before my pieces are gone?”.Ask Alan

  • Owldman

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #12

    I believe Ashley wil be more irrate with Pardew because of the whole way handled the HBA affair,Surely players are warned when they go on their summer break that they must stay in condition.Looking at HBA in training at Hull he looked quite trim, so the weight issue was never the real issue,No I think Mr Ashley will be more than displeased that Pardew has frozen out one of the clubs more valuable assets, I think Pardew is going to get a blast from Ashley for that shocking piece of business.He will now lose a player for nothing when he could have expected a few million for him, now that will hurt Mr Ashley.

  • onepeterb

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #13

    However we don’t know who wanted Ben Arfa out. Top management, pardew or the dressing room. From what I’ve heard it was the latter

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #14


    It just looks mad to me. I don’t why Pardew would say things like he has if he knew he was going to be embarrassed and they didn’t deliver. It would be more practical to just side step the question than say players will be replaced and brought in if we make room. He has been embarrassed again. For me personally, it just looks as if he really has no say and the decisions are made above him.

    Do you feel there is any truth in this independant article regarding the next two games?

  • dannitoon

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #15

    No manager with real ambition to succeed would take the toon job.. We’d be stuck with someone like pulis.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #16

    One of the clubs most valuable assets? A player already running down his contract with a view to leave next summer? A player thats agent broke off contract negotiations long before all the Pardew/HBA issues began? No, I’d imagine that Ashley is pleased to get some cash in terms of a loan fee, and get his wages off the book, rather than paying him until his contracts up and getting nothing back. I think Ashley was keen to offload him.

  • Harley

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Ashley wants a top 8 finish with a 1.6m net spend?!

    If he’d spent another 20-30m on a striker and cb I’d agree. But you get what you pay for in the premiership.

  • firebug666

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #18


    There maybe something in what you say. It could be the reason MYM and HBA were not replaced. They got nothing for Benny so they will not buy in any replacement for him or MYM to teach the inept one a lesson.

    It’s more likely the never intended to replace them though and wanted to reduce the wage bill.

    I think as long as we stay in the premiership and Ashley gets his TV money the inept one’s job will be safe. I think he knows that too.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #19


    I agree. Top ten would be more realistic providing we are lucky with injuries.

  • Sliema

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #20

    How can we talk about the HBA situ and exclaim that Ashley is angry with AP for forcing him out? It’s HIS club right?! Since when did AP wear the trousers in this mighty footballing dynasty of a club?

    Bloody hilarious. I want Pardew out, and yes he is at fault for Benny, but him going on loan to Hull is not the reason he’d be fired, MA will be delighted to get him off the books.

    However, if we continue to struggle to score/win games, then we all chant for Hatem, maybe that’ll go against Pards in the long run?

  • WestOzMag

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #21

    This should really be an old story. Clueless Pardew should have been sacked at the end of last season. This baffoon really is living up to his expectations of being such a poor manager, case in point charlton southampton west ham etc..

  • WLtoon

    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #22

    Judging by Ashley,s face at the game on saturday,it looked like someone had pinched his favourite blow up doll.
    He is,nt happy,thats for sure, but as far as Pardew having just 2 games,that is just someones opinion in the Independent.

  • switch365

    Sep 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #23

    It is claimed from various sources that P45overdue was to blame for the breakdown in relations and subsequent selling of both HBA and MYM.

    I wonder if both had the same issues with him, and for that matter whether the others who have appeared to have been frozen out do too.

    It would be hoped that if he is ultimately sacked, his replacement be able to get some of our development squad back on track and fulfilling their potential.

    A turnaround to someone far more capable and far less volatile could work wonders for our squad as a whole.

  • banjax

    Sep 3, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #24

    A confusing piece from you this time Ed. In one breath your saying Pardew should be given more time and the next your saying he is on borrowed time. I used to run my own business for over 24 years and I can tell you that AP would have gone on the long beaten run last season under my ownership and rightly so. He has led a charmed existence under Mike Ashley, more than any other manager, even our beloved Bobby Robson. Whatever Mike Ashley’s reasons for keeping him there comes a time when the business performance and those of its employees have to be addressed – in Newcastle United’s case it is urgent. No point in delaying what should have been done much earlier !

  • Sav

    Sep 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Ed, there is some nonsense in this article.
    Ashley has hardly spent a bob over this window, so he is hardly going to be upset at his money being wasted. Our nett spend must be far lower than most clubs and our TV money is firmly in Ashley’s wallet. As for comparing Hatem to your IBM days, had Pardew not given HBA the cold shoulder, he could easily have sat out the last year of his contract, soaking up another 2.5 million in wages to leave next summer for nothing. I suggest THAT would be far more likely to get Pardew the sack. The ostracising of HBA is just a sorry consequence of the kind of contracts players are on. Finally, it may have been more than just Pardew who fell out with him – it has been suggested here before that it may have been key players. Certainly it had become an issue of authority for Pardew and there was only ever going to be one winner.

  • thepict

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Let’s face it if the “mecurial” one was as good as he and certain posters think he is, he would not be going to Hull Tigers it would be Barca or Bayern Munchen he would be going to.
    Potentialy a world class player yes finished article no

  • nufc 11

    Sep 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #27

    By all accounts Ashley wouldnt work with a overseas coach so it would have to be british based obvouis one would be TONY PULIS OR NEIL LENNON BUT DNT HOLD YOUR BREATH more like a Steve Coppell or paul Ince knowing Ashley.

  • Monument Mal

    Sep 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Five games plus two years Ed……The man should never have been given the job in the first place


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