Lee Bowyer was signed by Sir Bobby Robson in the summer of 2003 as a free agent, and that was after his former club West Ham were relegated to the Championship.
Lee Bowyer while at Newcastle
Lee stayed at the Tyneside club for three seasons before returning to West Ham, who at the time were managed by – you guessed it – Alan Pardew – and Lee played 98 games and scored 11 goals for us, and of course he played in the Champions League for Newcastle under the great Sir Bobby Robson.
Alan left West Ham in December of 2006, after he was fired by the new Icelandic owners, under Chairman Eggert Magnusson.
Lee was always outspoken, and he is in the exclusive interview he has given to the Chronicle today, and he says Newcastle should not panic because we are third bottom of the league after eight games played.
Lee thinks the wrong thing to do would be to sack Alan Pardew, because he’s a good manager who is experienced in the Premier League.
This is what Lee said, and he’s talking about Alan Pardew (him):
“It seems to have happened for the last two years now.” “After eight games Newcastle don’t start too well.¨ “Then everybody is like ‘Get rid of him’. “The same thing has happened at West Ham last season.¨
“Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.¨ “If Newcastle get rid of him.¨ “He knows the Premier League inside out, he knows the players and if you get rid of him.”
“Who are you going to bring in?¨ “Who will he replace him with?¨ “Look at Fulham – they were an established club, then had three managers in a year, it was ridiculous.¨
“Now they are struggling in the Championship.” “Look at Wolves.¨ “Mick McCarthy, he’s an established Premier League manager and knew the place inside out, he was really experienced.¨
“They got rid and the next thing they’re in League One.”“They should never have got rid of him.” “Look, Newcastle won’t get relegated.”“Have they spent the money to be in the top seven?¨
“I don’t think they have.¨ “From what I hear Pardew has a tight budget.¨ “He hasn’t got the money that Graeme Souness or Sir Bobby had to spend.” “The wages aren’t as big from the times when I was up there.¨
“They have a wage structure that is quite low, even Leicester’s wage will be a lot higher, from what I hear, than Newcastle’s players.¨ “They are a team that’s just come up and they are chucking money around.¨
“Mike Ashley isn’t doing that but he’s obviously doing it as a steady thing.” “It means that Pardew hasn’t got the money that managers have had in the past like Sir Bobby or Graeme.”
We’ve mentioned a few times that changing a manager is not a magic cure, and we changed managers three times during our relegation season – and had Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Alan Shearer all manage the club – and we were still relegated.
And as Lee says, last season Fulham had three managers and they were relegated – and they have sacked their German manager Felix Magath this season, and they are currently 3rd bottom of the Championship.
Newcastle need to pick up some points in our next two tough league games against Tottenham and Liverpool, and if we can do that, the pressure on manager Alan Pardew may even ease a little.
The good thing is that in the last five games the players have all given 100%, and that’s always good to see, especially when we are struggling near the bottom of the league.
What do you think?
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