It looks like we will be without a manager soon, and it’s looking more and more certain that Alan Pardew will take the job as Crystal Palace manager, and there is news that the two clubs may even reached agreement on the compensation to be paid to Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – on his way out of Newcastle
And add to that the fact that Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is almost certain to face a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct today by the FA for elbowing Everton’s Seamus Coleman in the face during yesterday’s game.
The FA’s video review panel have reviewed the incident, and judged that it was worthy of a charge and a three-game ban.
Cisse now has until 6:00 pm tomorrow to respond to the charge, or simply accept the ban which would begin with immediate effect, and he would miss both the home game against Burnley on New Years Day and the FA Cup game at Leicester on Saturday.
He will not return until some time in February after playing for Senegal in the African Cup of Nations.
If the Pardew move happens, which has looked more and more likely all day as news has filtered through, we can only assume that during the first seven games of the season he had provisionally decided that he would need to get away from Newcastle because of the hostility of the fans.
Alan didn’t want to resign and when the Crystal Palace job became vacant on Saturday, it looks like he jumped at the chance to manage his former club, and now it put a doubt over the remaining Newcastle coaches – John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman – and their time at Newcastle.
Newcastle will need to appoint a manager quickly, and there is no way we could get a manager like Frank de Boer in half-way through the season.
It seems that Tony Pulis and Steve Bruce are the two top candidates – but neither is really good enough to be Newcastle’s long term manager.
And if that’s all the choice Newcastle have, we’d like to see Tony Pulis appointed – maybe as a short-term measure until the end of the season.
And then we can see whether Pulis – the former Stoke City manager – can play attractive football with the good players he will have available at Newcastle.
It’s a huge surprise to us that Alan Pardew will leave the club so quickly and it follows a terrible year he has had at Newcastle, but in the end he left on his own terms, and he wasn’t fired.
We are 14 points from safety with 19 games to play. 😀
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