Pardew Now Favorite To Be Fired First – Who’ll Replace Him?


It’s not the first time that Alan Pardew has been at the top of the betting list as the next Premier League manager to be fired, but giving him a close run at the moment as the favorite is big Sam Allardyce, who is currently managing West Ham United.

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Alan Pardew – feeling the heat at Newcastle

West Ham is the fourth Premier League club Sam has managed in his management career,  after he did stints at Bolton, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers.

Here are the current favorites to be fired and in order – specifically by SkyBet:

  • Alan Pardew – Newcastle  9-4
  • Sam Allardyce – West Ham 5-2
  • Alan Irvine – West Brom 6-1
  • Harry Redknapp – QPR 7-1
  • Paul Lambert – Aston Villa 7-1

With only 20 teams in the Premier League – there were still 12 sackings last season, including two at Fulham – and they were still relegated.

And that very high firing rate will likely continue this season, with the huge money PL clubs get out of the TV rights only increasing over the next few years, and where big money is concerned we know things can get ugly – as we saw last season.

And in the betting to replace Alan – should he be shown the door – it’s little changed over the last week or so.

The favorites are

  • Tony Pulis 4-1
  • David Moyes 5-1
  • Steve Bruce 8-1
  • Cristophe Galtier 12-1
  • Tim Sherwood 12-1

Mike Ashley has only employed English managers so far in his rather tumultuous and unpopular reign at Newcastle, and it’s interesting that four of the top five managers in the betting are all English.

Would Newcastle fans be happy if  current favorite Tony Pulis becomes manager?

And if Steve Bruce is appointed does that means we could see Hatem Ben Arfa back at Newcastle next season?

Those are two interesting questions.

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84 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Gateshead,,

    eerrrr , please don’t give me any credit for it mate 😉 that one was all you 😀

    good luck

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    id take pulis until the end of the season

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  • GatesheadMag

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Repost from last thread
    Catchy im going to credit you with a small part of what is surely to become a turnaround in newcastles fortunes. You mentioned serbia in a previous post, and it just triggered some sort football genius impulse. I mean ive found the answer at long last, i cant see it failing, i mean howay man its staring us in the face. Big mike will even pat me on the back when i pitch my idea, hes a free transfer…..drum roll please….. nikola zigic.
    I can see it now, set piece after set piece, itll just be a thing of beauty

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    LR32,
    Let’s not go overboard with Goofy. Even in ligue 1 he was an average, hardworking player. No more than that. He wasn’t a prolific goalscorer, or with assists. He was a grafter who could chip in. Pardew hasn’t ruined this player, he has just made Goofy play to his strengths, which doesn’t provide much creativity or goal threat.

    If Goofy doesn’t put in lots of graft he offers very little, if anything, to the side.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I agree with your assessment on goofy, I said this last year and got shot down for for it,

    but I do think he has something to offer, if he was in the right position

    left side of a front 3, but nut pardews version of a front 3, they are to wide appart

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Lilo, I’m not at all saying he’s Benzema quality. I’m saying he’s not a second fullback. He needs to be played to his maximum effectiveness. That is not as a babysitting fullback.

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  • gazza85

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Of those options I’d be interested to see what Sherwood would do…. his results at Spurs weren’t bad last season and although he was shown to be tactically naive at times at least he attacked.

    Plus I’d love him to bring Ferdinand with him…. at least he can teach our forwards to finish and head the ball.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Lilo, I’d argue that as a forward player, covering the fullback at every opportunity is not playing to his strengths. Utilising his hard work could be pressing their defenders with our players. There is a big difference I reckon.

    No forward can enjoy tracking back, I didn’t when I played, but there’s a lot more energy and enthusiasm in trying to catch their defender to get the ball back. But that is done around their attacking position, not where our fullback is.

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Gateshead

    the point is he scored pardew will feel its the right way to go about it lol

    after watching how we have played i nearly back to where i was last season where i cant be bothered

    new players same sh1t is what the coaches should have on there shirts

    i find it laughable that people stick up for the man

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Lilongwe Geordie
    Gouffran is a Wiltord type of player.He must play as a dangerous reserve striker like Wiltord did in the Arsenal team.You can’t play Gouffran as a starter because he can’t deliver and the same story was with Wiltord.In other words:Some players are born for life from the bench.Arsene Wenger will see that but Pardew is very very far from that perception.Gouffran is unique player if manager knows how to play him.He is a top class reserve striker.

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  • WLtoon

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    David Moyes would be my choice but Ashley would,nt pay his wages.
    Dont want another negative minded manager so Pullis is out for me.
    Do we really want another cockney in charge, Sherwood is a no .
    Id go for Galtire but i doubt Ashley would hire a foreign manager.

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  • Nattfare

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree with LR 32 here. Sure, Gouffran didn’t look like a quality player. He still looked capable enough when going forward when he arrived and I think he surprised a few fans.
    Now he looks like Jonás Mk II. The way he’s been transformed into an almost perfect copy of his predecessor is scary.
    Lots of pointless running up and down without really doing anything useful when on the ball at all. He still looks as tired as he did last season too. I feel sorry for the guy. Until the second half of the season many wouldn’t say anything bad about him because of his attitude. Now we want him shot.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #13

    LR32,
    But he isn’t a Prem centre forward. We had little option last year but to play him on the left, a position that he had played on a number of occasions in France. If he doesn’t play on the left, he shouldn’t play, and if he doesn’t work hard on the left then we get zero from him.

    I like the lad, as he gives us everything he has when he plays, but he doesn’t have the quality to be a starter unless he puts in the hard yards.

    If we were to go 433, Rivi should start on the left side, Goofy on the bench.

    Catchy,
    Pardew doesn’t play a 433, he plays a 4231 which transforms to a 451 when we haven’t got the ball. I don’t have a problem with that formation, plenty of teams utilise the same system and do it well.

    We don’t have the players capable of playing that system. It needs a top centre forward who will either get you goals or play with his back to goal and create for others by holding the ball up.

    433 may work, but given our defensive frailty, and lack of a proper goalscorer could end up in us conceding even more than now. Goofy,Rivi, Cabella will likely get 5-8 each, De Jong maybe 5, Sissoko and Colback 2/3. Nowhere near enough no matter what formation we play.

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  • davis_toons

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Games without players like exciting players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Ben Arfa makes the game look dull.

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  • gazza85

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    I ruled out Galtrie (same as Bruce) as they’d require compensation.

    Simples.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16

    lil

    I know he dosnt,

    but in the 11/12 season he did and the beginning of the 12/13 season he did,

    11/12 he dabbled with Cisse up top, and HBA and BA right and left,

    and 12/13 he had Ba up top and CIsse rw and Jonas LW

    11/12 HBA and Cabaye made it work

    12/13 it just failed and was long ball heaven, hahaha

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  • gazza85

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Our problem isn’t the lack of exciting players its the managers stifling tactics.

    Gouffy looked dangerous when he first came, Siss was a ‘beast’ to put it simply (fondly remember him skinning Cole), Aarons, Cabella and Perez all look as though they have a few tricks up their sleeves as well.

    Even Cisse used to make us go on the edge of our seats as soon as he recieved the ball anywhere on the pitch.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Catchy,
    I presume you are talking about the 433 there. That is fine, it worked with different players. But we had at least 1 goalscorer then, we don’t have anyone who has proved at any level, other than U 18s, that they can hit the target regularly.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #19

    Gazza85,
    Goofy looked dangerous when he came? How come he had a better season for goals and assists, plus key passes last year then the year before? It isn’t that I don’t like Goof, it is just he is what he is, a grafter with average ability. Pardew has over egged the hard work element while Goofy has been here, but without that, Goofy isn’t a starter.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    The question that must essentially be asked is would Moyes, Sherwood etc continually lie to the fans when asked to, they would not get past the first short list if they said that’s not how I operate, Mikey couldn’t work with someone not prepared to do his dirty work.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Gouffran is a hard working squad player and should spend more time on the bench to make way for a better player but as has been shown in the past Mikey puts wages before the interest of football and can’t have ‘purples’ sitting on the bench.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Jail,
    I think we can discount Moyes. I read somewhere that he loses a substantial chunk of his pay off if he takes a Prem job within 12 months. We can also discount Bruce. Why would he leave a side he has just put together at this early stage of the season? Not to mention that Ashley would have to pay Hull for Bruce. Same goes for Galtier on the club payment.

    Pulis wouldn’t work with Ashley, thank god. Sherwood, I wouldn’t want him, but I think he would be grateful for any job, so would probably take it.

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  • DT

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #23

    I would take Moyes, he did a great job at Everton on a limited budget. BTW, Only 2 of the 5 managers listed are English, not 4 as stated. Moyes is Scottish & Pulis is Welsh.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #24

    I’m going to commit here and say that I think Goufy has been seriously pardewed, like others before him, although Cisse may have been wongaed. When a player runs so many kms toward his own goal, he is bound to have less in his tank going forward.

    On the managers, ideally a French dude but any of those 3 would do, my choice would be Bruce. Geordie, knows the passion, plays good football; he’d bring HBA back with him 🙂

    Moyes has also played good football. His stint at ManU is unfair judgement, look at that super-manager now. He looks like a stammering ?x%* who’s going down by xmas.

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  • Slank

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Pardew will not be sacked as Ashley is his own man and pays little or no attention to what the media and fans think or do.

    He will do whatever he has to do in his own time.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #26

    I really don’t get this club’s obsession with unremarkable Brit managers.

    75% of the players are foreign so why not a manager?

    There’s got to be more Pochetinnos, Martinezes, Poyets etc out there
    who could give us great football to watch.

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  • martoon

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #27

    Lilongwe – you seem to have ruled everybody out 🙂
    I agree with you about Bruce why would he come here when he is building a strong team there and he is backed in the transfer market?

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  • manxpie

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #28

    What!!! No de boer or Simeone on that list!!?
    Wat are the bookies thinking surely there certs for the job!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #29

    If the new manager, if there is to be one comes and and starts bull shitting the fans he’ll be found out straight away, Pardew got away with it for a while because people thought he was being let down at board level, now we know he is part of that set up there are no more excuses for the lies, are there any journalists left who are allowed to ask him why he said outgoings would be replaced.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #30

    Slank,
    Well more fool him if he lets someone is being shown to be seriously unqualified for the task he’s been given, take his investment down the swanny, I think the fans might make life very uncomfortable for Alan Pardew and Iron Mike might have to start listening to someone other than himself.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #31

    martoon,
    On that list, yep. 33/1 shot Beardsley is the one most likely in my opinion. Not who I’d want, but I think that Ashley will be happier to promote from within, so the person knows the craic, rather than risk it blowing up in his face. A club legend would be given time and backing by fans. Win win for Ashley.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #32

    Pardew must be the biggest conman in football when it comes to him talking to the players we are in talks with .

    I wonder if Cisse ( an out and out finisher) was told he would be played left wing and covering the full back at times .

    If De Jong was told Pardew wants Champions League.

    Pardew talks a good game, but he is a shocking manager and human being .

    Sir Bobby would be turning in his grave if he saw what has happened to NUFC .

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  • Slank

    Sep 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Jail for Ashley

    Ashley become a multi-billionaire through his own abilities.

    He has always followed his own instincts. He pays little or no attention to what the media think. There is a ‘library’ of anecdotal evidence to support this.

    He isn’t going to listen to what fans think.

    His investment is not in the club it is in Sports Direct.

    He can lose his money in the club and it wouldn’t make much difference to him, but it would to the fans.

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  • GatesheadMag

    Sep 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Im really struggling to see how pards is going to get the sack! I mean the incidents/bad records and team performaces are at all time lows and hes still smurking away on motd. Job for life

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Slank,
    £260M is a substantial amount even to a billionaire.

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  • TH0MPA97

    Sep 8, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #36

    I would take moyes if we were to get new manager. Cas 1. He can find good bargin players. Look at everton

    He signed mirallas, baines, naismith all under 5 mill. He can make us top 8 easily nd he made the at least the last 16 in the fa cup 6 time out of 11 years he was there.

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  • dazzler

    Sep 8, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #37

    GatesheadMag,

    If the atmosphere at the ground gets back to the state it was in against Cardiff I can see him going. It’s not exactly good publicity for him having a massively hostile crowd going radge during a 90 minute advert for his important business,

    The issue is we’d only get a cheap replacement, as perfect as DeBoer would be we will get Beardsley, I’ve got a fiver on him being our next manager, @ 33-1. Not bad. Like Lilo said, he’d at least be given time from the fans (Win for Ashley) and he understands us a bit better so I would imagine youth being given a chance (win for Ashley & fans) and we’d play a better brand of attacking football (Win for fans). Plus with his jaw he could be completely honest with us in interviews and we’d not understand anyway, which is another win for Ashley.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Slank,
    I don’t know why you admire him so much, he doesn’t give a fcuk about us.

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  • G

    Sep 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #39

    AP will not be sacked. MA is a famous gambler, with lots of gambling pals. There’s no way he’s going to sack AP if the odds aint more favourable. I bet his mates made a fortune when MA sacked Hoots?

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Can’t wait till we hear the chants of Hatem Ben Arfa around St.James’ at the Hull game .

    The coward probably won’t leave the dugout again .

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