There are two basic cases for and against manager Alan Pardew staying as Newcastle manager, and of course there may be some variations in between, but two basic cases.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle manager
The case for Alan Pardew:
Alan Pardew has already shown he can be a very good manager for the Magpies, and he’s the only Newcastle manager to get Newcastle in the top five in the Premier League since Sir Bobby Robson left in August of 2004. Alan is also the only Newcastle manager who has won the Barclays Premier League manager of the Season and the LMA Manager of the Season, which he won in 2012.
And during that time there are only three times we have finished in the top ten, and Pardew has had us in the top ten on two of those occasions – 5th in 2012 and 10th last season.
Newcastle started poorly last season and we had only 7 points from our first seven games, but by Christmas we were 6th top, before Mike Ashley sold Yohan Cabaye last January, and didn’t replace him. And that’s not the first time the owner has sold our best player, and we have lost Demba Ba, Yohan and Mathieu Debuchy in the last couple of years .
It’s difficult for the manager to build a good team when we keep selling our best players.
The case against Alan Pardew:
You only have to look at Alan’s record over the last two years and there are at least a couple of times that he could (should ) have been fired. Up to January of last year we had lost 10 of our previous 13 league games and that culminated in us losing at home to Reading, who were eventually relegated.
After that game Alan was odds on to be fired according to SkyBet, but Ashley kept him on, and then last season the team simply collapsed in the second half of the season, and in we lost seven of out last eight league games.
With the poor start to this season – after we signed nine new players in the summer – who Pardew said were very good signings – we have just 2 points from our first five games.
So in the last 13 league games we have only 6 points, which over a 38 game season would give us 18 points and certain relegation. Last season there were 12 firings of Premier League managers, and some of them had better records than Alan Pardew has had in periods over the last two seasons.
Alan has escaped the sack twice before, and this is his third strike and he should be out.
Let us know what you would do.
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