There was news in the local papers yesterday that Alan Pardew has been in rather lengthy communications with owner Mike Ashley last week before the game against Hull on Saturday, and we suppose the result on Saturday was decent enough in the circumstances, although we really needed a win.
PR man Keith Bishop on Mike Ashley’s right on Saturday
And it appears the Newcastle owner may be taking advice from PR and crisis management specialist and celebrity agent Keith Bishop, who was sitting next to Mike during Saturday’s game.
A Newcastle source told the Chronicle yesterday:
“The manager will get time to get it right and stability in the Premier League remains the priority.”
Unless we see players like Remy Cabella, Manu Riviere and others come through over the next few games, it will look as though the summer transfer was not as successful for Newcastle as some of us thought, although we have to be patient and give the players a chance to acclimatize.
But it certainly is looking like we are short of a recognized striker and a fourth center-back, after we allowed Yanga-Mbiwa to leave for Roma in the summer on a season long loan.
And while Jack Colback has fitted in very well in Newcastle’s central midfield, we have lost the creativity and goal scoring power of Yohan Cabaye, and the injury to Siem de Jong was a huge blow to the team.
When you consider we had Yohan, Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy in the side a year ago – we don’t seem to have replaced that talent this summer, which is why we could see some activity in the January transfer window, especially if we are close to the relegation area at that time.
The news is that Mike Ashley will not panic, which is why he’s probably seeking the assistance of Keith Bishop, and while that’s all well and good, what happens if the results don’t improve over the next three games or so?
WE cannot risk getting ourselves enmeshed in a relegation fight – which is the very last thing we need this season. 🙁
Ashley has shown he can be ruthless, and while patience may be the name of the game at the moment, that’s not going to last too long if Alan Pardew and his coaching team cannot turn things around fairly quickly.
Relegation would be a complete and utter disaster for Newcastle this season – and the more likely that becomes in the next few weeks will determine what action the owner will take.
The next few games are going to be absolutely crucial for Newcastle and for Alan Pardew – that’s for sure.
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