We must say we were expecting Newcastle to post a bulletin on their website this morning, saying that Alan Pardew had been dismissed as the Newcastle manager.
John Carver and Alan Pardew at half time last night
But it didn’t happen, and instead we had a Sky Sports story that said it was their understanding that Alan Pardew was safe this week, and would be the manager for the next game at Swansea on Saturday afternoon.
No doubt Mike Ashley and/or Lee Charnley leaked that information to Sky Sports.
We had been thinking about who would take over for the Swansea game, if Alan had been fired, assuming a manager couldn’t be appointed soon enough to come in and take over the coaching before Saturday.
The best choice would probably have been John Carver, who was caretaker manager for one game – Blackburn at home – after Sir Bobby Robson had been dismissed in late August of 2004.
But that would have been another likely defeat with the Magpies being without a manager, and we hope Ashley remembered what happened six years ago, when the club was in disarray after Kevin Keegan had left the club.
The fans held mass demonstrations to try to get Ashley out of the club – and Newcastle was all the news in the papers – much as we are today – for the wrong reasons.
The drive to get Ashley out back in 2008 ultimately failed, when Ashley failed to get a suitable buyer – and we notice that American Randy Lerner is finding it difficult to sell Aston Villa – who won the European Cup in 1982 when they beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the final in Rotterdam.
After Kevin Keegan left Newcastle, we lost the next five games, starting with a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Hull City, who had been promoted into the Premier League for the first time ever.
So each game, even early in the season is important, and we have to try to get as many points as possible – and we have to realize relegation is a possibility.
Six years ago everybody kept saying we had too good a squad to go down – but they were wrong – even though we had the 6th biggest wage bill of Premier League clubs at that time.
So maybe Mike Ashley was thinking he’ll keep Pardew on for the Swansea game, and then after Saturday there is a two week International break.
So if we lose again, presumably Pardew would be gone, and we can draft in a manager and have the lads prepared for our next game at home to Leicester City on October 18th.
Everybody and their brother would then behind the new manager and the players – and it would be a full house at St. James’ Park.
It would give us a better chance of picking up something at Swansea by keeping Pardew on, but if Newcastle win or draw that game, we don’t think Alan Pardew will be fired.
The time to have done that was today after last night’s defeat, but for some reason Ashley doesn’t seem to want to do it.
What do you think?
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