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.
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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