Newcastle have only four wins in the last 24 league games – since we beat Stoke 5-1 on Boxing Day – and 23 of them are this year – and that’s a pitiful record with 15 points out of the last 72 played for, and that’s a record almost impossible to defend.
Mike Ashley – doesn’t look too gracious in this photo
There’s not too much that Alan Pardew can say about that record, other than to say it’s not good enough, and it’s not the first time in Alan’s reign at Newcastle that we’ve gone through a terrible stretch under his leadership, and the season before last we famously went 13 games with 10 defeats in the league – and yes – Alan Pardew is still the Newcastle manager.
There are not too many PL clubs who would not have fired Pardew after the 2-1 home defeat against Reading early last year, which was our 10th defeat in 13 games, and was the first time in 7 attempts that Reading had beaten Newcastle United.
Managers are getting fired with far better records than Alan has at Newcastle, in those two terrible streaks of form.
But for whatever reason Mike Ashley seems to like the Londoner, and the Newcastle manager works under the severe restrictions that Ashley puts on him at Newcastle.
And Matt Le Tissier, who played 540 games for Southampton with a fantastic 209 goals, has given Newcastle fans an insight into what Mike Ashley was like after the game, in the Saints boardroom on Saturday.
This is what the Southampton super-star told talkSPORT:
“There seems to be unrest among the fans, but I’m not sure there’s too much unrest among the boardroom.¨ “I’ve not heard too many noises coming out saying Alan Pardew’s job is under threat, which will be a bit of a blow to the Toon Army.¨
“I was in the boardroom on Saturday, funnily enough, and even after defeat, Mike Ashley was pretty gracious in defeat, and he didn’t look like a man who was about to go off and sack his manager.”
Ashley may have looked gracious in the boardroom after the game, but during the game – in the picture above – he looks to be in pain – just like the Newcastle fans were (make that severe pain), who were watching the game.
Newcastle were pathetic on Saturday, and we just have to hope that the lads perform an awful lot better against Hull City on Saturday, and that we can get a decent result, but another defeat would surely be the end of Alan Pardew at Newcastle.
That’s true isn’t it?
But maybe not, because it could be that Ashley will find it difficult to recruit a manager who is willing to work under the significant restraints Ashley places on them on Tyneside, and Mike also has a rather bad habit of selling our best players whenever he gets a good offer for them – and then nor replacing them.
That’s even more reason why the best managers available might resist taking the Newcastle job – if Pardew is finally fired in the week(s) ahead.
Under Mike Ashley’s seven year ownership Newcastle are becoming a mediocre club at best – and that’s what’s so frustrating to Newcastle fans – it’s just not good enough.
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