Whether it was intentional or not, Newcastle United are now getting credit for not firing their manager Alan Pardew – when it looked odds on that’s what they had to do only a short three weeks ago.
Alan Pardew on the training field at Benton
If we look at where Newcastle were after the 1-0 defeat at Stoke City – this was our Premier League record for 2014 – for both last season and this season:
Season Played Won Lost Drawn 2013-2014 19 5 13 1 2014-2015 6 0 3 3 Totals 25 5 16 4
It seemed like the right time for Mike Ashley to fire Pardew but he put it out the next day that Alan would still be the manager in the following home game against Hull City.
And while Newcastle played well in that game we were still 2-0 down with only 21 minutes to play when Papiss Cisse came on, and Hull had scored two goals out of the blue.
Papiss seemed to revitalize Newcastle and scored two goals, and we heard later the Senegal man was inspired by Jonas Gutierrez, who had just revealed the day before he had been fighting testicular cancer for over a year.
But the rest is history and in the five games we have played since the Stoke loss, we drew at Swansea – again with two goals from Papiss, and we’ve won the last four games, including beating Manchester City away to reach the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup.
It’s not surprising that Alan Pardew has said today – it’s all unbelievable.
He’s right about that.
Replacing the manager is not always the magical solution, and its difficult for the incoming manager, who doesn’t know the players, and it’s difficult for the players who don’t know the manager, and will have to likely play in a new system.
Freddy Shepherd at Newcastle and recently Daniel Levy at Tottenham have proved you get nowhere fast by continually changing managers.
But there are still a contingent of fans on Tyneside, led by SackPardew.com who are still determined to see Alan Pardew moved out as the Newcastle manager – they don’t rate him and they don’t like him.
But to end on a really positive note, Jonas revealed yesterday that he has won his fight with cancer and he is now cancer free. 😀
That’s just fantastic.
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