Has Alan Pardew Soured On Newcastle?

We still think the chances of Alan Pardew leaving Newcastle for the vacant Crystal Palace job are very small – if only because it will be difficult for Newcastle to recruit a decent manager in mid-season – and Crystal Palace – who are not exactly flush with cash – will need to pay out up to £6M in compensation for the Londoner.

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Alan Pardew – on the sidelines yesterday

The news is that Alan Pardew is down south today, and he could well be meeting with the Palace hierarchy, but Newcastle owner Mike Ashley could even meet with him to find out what’s going on.

Mike Ashley will only let Alan Pardew leave Newcastle at this point if gets the £6M compensation, and we have somebody lined up – even as a short-term replacement until the end of the season – to ensure we stay in the Premier League.

That’s Mike Ashley’s number one target at Newcastle – to keep us in the Premier league and all the big money.

But if Alan stays on, it’s also clear he is prepared to leave probably the biggest club he will ever manage  – and the reasons are probably family related and the fact that the hostility of the Geordie fans are starting to affect him and/or his family.

And Pardew will not be the first manager hounded out of Newcastle, as both Sam Allardyce and Graeme Souness can attest to.

So if Alan does stay on and not move the Palace – which we think will happen – the dynamics have now changed and he may leave the club – maybe in the summer when Newcastle will have more time to get in a long term replacement manager.

Frank de Boer has quickly been talked about as a possible replacement, and the former world-class player would jump at the chance of managing Newcastle United, and he seems to have all the attributes needed to be a good Newcastle manager.

The Ajax manager plays good attacking football, knows the game inside out, and has experience in bringing players through the Ajax Academy and into the first team.

Frank has always spoken well of Newcastle, who he thinks are a sleeping giant (he’s right there), and we already have several Dutchmen in the squad with Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong (Frank’s former captain at Ajax) and Vurnon Anita.

And maybe de Boer could bring the best out of Vurnon – who hasn’t played many games for us this season.

So even if Alan stays on – things have now fundamentally changed, and he could leave the club in a more orderly and planned fashion in the not-too-distant future.

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15 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1

    catchy in norway // Dec 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    let’s face it, Ashly wants rangers , the only thing keeping p45 in a job is Ashley , or he be gone if he had this record at any other club,

    he has a long contract , yes , but if he jumps ship now he has the chance to leave with some miss founded credibility , he and the press think he is doing a good job , but he knows if Ashley is to sell up , he will be out of a job unless he goes to rangers with Ashley ,

    this is his best opportunity to go and look the hero

  • dazzler

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2


    Agreed. :O

    If he does go it’s on his own terms, we’re top ten and he can look smug if it goes wrong after he leaves.

  • AncientC

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    “Mike Ashley will only let Alan Pardew leave Newcastle at this point if gets the £6M compensation”

    I read this this too. It would appear Uri Geller or some other kind of remote viewer has entered the thoughts of Mike Ashley and retrieved this private information directly from his brain.

    My guess is that Pardew wants assurances about his job, as he may not get another offer if he is out of the Newcastle job in the next 6 to 18 months. If Ashley cannot give assurances and Pardew wants to go, I doubt Ashley would demand 6 million for him. Maybe 1 season of Pardew’s wages as compensation. That is a guess though.

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Catchy…Agreed. He will know more about Ashleys long term plans than us and may well be looking at this as his apportunity.

    It’s not that far fetched.

    He may also know Sissoko is gone with no replacements coming in – which he’ll also know is the end of Pardew anyway.

    This does all seem to add up to a get out whilst he still can.

    But still no news…

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    for the first time, the pardew out brigade has got their wish. it’s the most concrete of pardew leaving the club.

    i’d say be careful what you wish for.
    i for one would rather have pardew here.

  • PompeyJohn

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Be very careful what you wish for!
    If Pardew leaves I would love Frank de Boer but knowing Ashley we will get someone from nowhere like Frank Stapleton (or worse, some other numpty like Denis Wise or Joe Kinnear again!), the best would be Tony Pulis and he’s crap too.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    i want my Alan to stay.

  • Mag52

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #8


    ‘He and the press think he is doing a good job’
    ………along with the media, TV and radio, former players, including some of the NUFC greats, present players and a large number of NUFC fans.

  • dazzler

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #9


    30% is not a large number like.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #10

    my other pearl of wisdom today,

    should p45 go, Ashley will not appoint another numpty , he needs to make the club appealing to potential buyers , so who ever gets the job next will be on a short term contract

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #11


    these guys who think he is doing a good job, some of the do commentary on our matches , they say wow this is not how Pardews teams normally play, this is not like them at all, then blame the players,
    they look at the table or our glamour results against the big teams and assume we play good football,

    yet ask anyone who watches us for 90 mins every week , and I think you will be hard pushed to find many who think we play football, but I guess most only watch highlights on match of the day

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #12

    If Pardew is talkin 2 palace, it means ashley has already given him permission 2 talk. Everybody has there price when it comes 2 ashley. That includes pardew. Ashley would never refuse 6 million for pardew. Although I think it will be less than that.

    My worry is not if Pardew is leaving, my worry is which puppet will get the job. U cant exactly go to a top name manager like de boer and try offering pennies the same way ashley conducts his transfers, these things will work on pardew but not a good manager.

    I’d fancy taking pulis till end of season, but not long term

  • andyctoon

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Apparantley this contract of his is a rolling on contract year by year..so 6m wud not be needed.

  • AncientC

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #14


    The above is the transfer business of Ajax.

    Frank De Boer will work for a team with transfer constraints.

    Unless you are Real Madrid, Man Utd or one of the other very few clubs in world football, full control of transfers does not come with the job anymore.

  • MidlandsMag

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #15


    Don’t worry pet. Maybe you will become CrystalPalaceGeordie9.


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