Alan Pardew was a relieved man on Saturday night, after his team had fought back to take a point from Hull City, and that was after it looked like we were going to lose this fixture for the third time running, when with just 20 minutes to go when we were 2-0 down.
Mike Ashley at end of game on Saturday
But Papiss Cisse saved the day for Newcastle with a couple of good goals, and over the weekend there was news (conveniently) leaked that Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner, had said that Alan Pardew’s job was not under threat.
That’s probably a bit of PR from the owner, because in reality if we lose our next two games at Stoke and Swansea, some serious action is necessary – and we have to hope that Mike and Lee Charnley are looking right now at who might be available, if Pardew cannot get the team moving up the league shortly.
We also know the very last thing Ashley wants at Newcastle is another relegation, because if that happens his Sports Direct company will lose all that free word-wide advertising, if Newcastle are no longer in the Premier League – the most popular sports league in the world.
At the very least that will motivate Mike to keep Newcastle in England’s top league.
We remember well in late January of last year, when we had just been beaten 2-1 at home by Reading and were in relegation trouble, that Ashley personally got involved with recruitment.
Within the next five days Newcastle had brought in Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko to fortify the squad, and we only just managed to survive in the Premier League.
If things don’t improve by January, Newcastle may need to bring in some new players to strengthen the squad, and we have to think that Chief Scout Graham Carr is out there scouting players who could be available.
Those are some of the contingency plans that must be going on at Newcastle at the moment, otherwise people are not doing their jobs at the club – it’s always necessary to think ahead about what can happen and plan accordingly.
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