Gary Neville was asked about the rampant rumors going around since yesterday afternoon, linking Alan Pardew with the vacant Crystal Palace job – and he tweeted this.
“Why would he go to Palace? Newcastle are a fantastic club.”
Alan Pardew in the bad times – after losing 1-0 to Stoke in late September
That seems to be some of the conventional thinking that Alan Pardew would hardly leave Newcastle with their 52,000 home crowds and join Palace, with Crystal Palace being a much smaller club with a capacity of just over 26,000 at Selhurst Park.
But there are other things in life than big money and status (and stress) – and maybe Alan wants to move to a club where he will be a lot more appreciated than he’s ever been at Newcastle, even though it will mean a big reduction in his wages.
Newcastle have never ever been an easy club to manage, and the fans have huge expectations for the club – and want Newcastle to be a top four club again and in Europe every season – although that’s not what Mike Ashley’s aspirations are for the club.
If Alan Pardew does leave – he will have seen the giddy heights as well as the terrible lows at Newcastle.
In Alan Pardew’s reign at Newcastle we have beaten Liverpool at home three times, Chelsea at home three times and once at Stamford Bridge, and we have beaten Manchester United at home and at Old Trafford last season, for the first time since 1972.
And we have beaten Manchester City for the first time ever at the Etihad Stadium.
We won six league games in a row in 2012 and this season we won six games in a row in all competitions – including five in the league.
We finished 5th in 2012 the first time we had finished in the top five since the revered Sir Bobby Robson left the club in 2004, and we reached the quarter finals of the Europa League in 2013, when we were eliminated by the beaten finalists Benfica.
But there have been terrible lows and in 2013 we fought against relegation and of course Alan’s Sunderland record is the worst of any Newcastle manager ever having won one game in eight and lost the last four derby games – the first time that has ever happened.
And our Cup record has not been good either.
And on March 1st this year Alan Pardew was banned for several games after head-butting Hull City player David Meyler, and that brought negative news to Newcastle United around the world, and he was fined £100K by Newcastle and warned as to his future conduct.
Alan has also had other scrapes on the touchline – which we’ll not go into.
So it’s been feast or famine with Alan – and maybe he is leaving now because it will be on his own terms, after surviving strong calls from the fans for his sacking during the second half of last season and at the beginning of this season.
We should know in a day or two what the outcome of all of this is – but Newcastle are unhappy with this news dominating the headlines, after we had such a great 3-2 win yesterday over Everton.
Beating Burnley on Thursday afternoon is the next immediate goal, and if we can do that we’ll have 29 points from the first 20 league games, just 4 points less than last season at this time.
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