It would be a huge surprise if Alan Pardew is indeed ready to walk out on Newcastle this week, after owner Mike Ashley has been so loyal to him over some very difficult circumstance this year.
Alan Pardew – why would he want to leave Newcastle
But that’s the latest news doing the rounds today, after Crystal Palace sacked their manager Neil Warnock on Saturday and are looking for a replacement.
There are two things that have started the avalanche of rumors – one was on Saturday evening there was apparently a lot of money came into Skybet for Pardew, and he went from 20-1 to 4-7 odds on to become the Palace manager.
The other thing was after Newcastle’s great 3-2 win over Everton yesterday, Alan sent John Carver out to do the rounds with the press – presumably because he didn’t want to face questions about the Palace job.
Crystal Palace is one of Alan Pardew’s former clubs, and he played for them from 1987 through 1991, and he also has a family home in Surrey which is close to the Palace training ground.
So maybe an attraction for Pardew is that he can go back home, and there will be a lot less pressure on him as the Crystal Palace manager than there is as the Newcastle United manager.
Another reason he may be thinking of moving is that a majority of Newcastle fans have never taken to him and the sack pardew brigade made that clear with their banners – although we haven’t heard much from them since the last article they wrote in mid November.
But at least a section of Newcastle supporters have always been hostile to Alan as the Newcastle manager.
Pardew is said to be on around £800K a year base salary plus incentives that could raise his wages to around £2M a year – depending on how Newcastle do during the season, and he will get a lot less than that at Palace, who don’t have the financial resources of Newcastle.
Another reason he could be thinking of moving is that he did mention during the bad spell at the beginning of the season, that the pressure was affecting the family.
And as every married man knows that if Momma aint happy – nobody is happy – so it could be for family reasons – even if it means taking a wage cut.
And then there are the recent results against Sunderland – and he became the first Newcastle manager in history to lose four games in a row – and that may not be the end of it either, since Gus Poyet is now 5-0 against Pardew in head to head competition with Brighton and now Sunderland.
But there are also barriers to the move, and the main one is the £6M compensation Palace will have to pay Newcastle to take Alan – and Mike Ashley will not give in on that score.
Alan Pardew knows the Palace co-chairman Steve Parish, and there could have been some unofficial talks already taken place.
But Pardew has also been under enormous stress this year at Newcastle, and although he seems to be mentally as tough as bricks, it could be wearing him out a bit – and your health is always more important then big money.
Those seem to be some of the reasons why Alan would want tot leave Newcastle for a smaller club.
But we’d still be very surprised if it happens, and we can only assume that Ashley has made contact with his manager to find out what’s going on.
If Alan does leave we could be struggling to get a good manager in for the rest of the season.
What do you think?
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