The fact that Alan Pardew did not speak to the press after Newcastle’s great 3-2 win at home to Everton today has fueled all kinds of wild rumors that he is on his way to Crystal Palace, a club he played for from 1987 through 1991.
Alan Pardew on the sidelines today
But it would take around £6M for Pardew to break his eight year contract at Newcastle, and if Palace do come after Pardew, we are sure Mike Ashley will be a tough negotiator and £6M is a lot of money for a small club like Crystal Palace to come up with – for a manager.
If Pardew does shock everybody and walk out on Newcastle, then it’s a good question who could come in midway through the season to manage the club – we don’t see too many good managers on the sidelines these days waiting for their next job.
This is what assistant manager John Carver told BBC Sport after the game today:
“It’s nice to get a result after a tricky few games. We got off to a bad start but looked a different team after the first five minutes.”
“We took the game to Everton and got a deserved win. When you have had a run of games were you haven’t won, it’s very important to get the win.”
“We’ve got back-to-back home games with Burnley coming up. They had a great result today so we know it’s going to be a difficult game.”
“All I saw of the Cisse incident was Seamus Coleman lying on the floor. I have not had a chance to look at it.”
Burnley came back from 2-0 down at half time at the Etihad Stadium to draw 2-2 with Manchester City.
And another big talking point after the Newcastle game today was the elbow Papiss Cisse laid on Seamus Coleman, before a corner in the first half.
By all accounts the FA is now likely to ban Papiss for three matches for violent conduct – so it could be February before we see him playing for Newcastle again, since he will be off to join the Senegal squad over the weekend for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
We should find out how many games Newcastle players have missed this season – either through injury, suspension or away at the AFCON – it will be mind-boggling.
Perhaps we should bring two strikers in during the January transfer window?
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