Alan Pardew had said nothing about an imminent move to Crystal Palace to his coaches or his players over the weekend, until the news came out late Sunday, and it has come as a huge shock to the playing and coaching staff, that he has left Newcastle for Crystal Palace.
Jonas Gutierrez played another 90 minutes today
Pardew was at the Benton Training round today, to say his goodbyes, and there appear to be only minor details to be worked out with Crystal Palace , before he will be announced as their new manager, although it’s unlikely he will be in charge of their game on New Years Day at Aston Villa.
The behind the scenes friendly that Alan had arranged last week took place this afternoon, and the good news is that Jonas Gutierrez played the full 90 minutes and came through the game unscathed and that’s the second full game he has played during his comeback from testicular cancer.
The bad news is that Davide Santon suffered a minor knock, and had to leave the game after playing close to 60 minutes, and apparently the Italian has now picked up an ankle injury, although we don’t know how serious it is.
And it was good to see Curtis Good back playing again – after the 21 year-old has been sidelined since last March with a hip problem, he picked up playing for Australia in March.
So we now have some of our injured players coming back – expect perhaps Santon – but now we have no manager. 🙁
The last time we were without a manager for a number of games was back in September of 2008, after Kevin Keegan had left the club – and we lost five games in a row at that time and were relegated that season.
So while everything seems to be going well for Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew, we are assuming a certain Mr. Mike Ashley is working hard on getting a new manager into the club.
And hopefully he will be a good manager, although the managers we are being linked with – apart from Frank de Boer who wouldn’t be able to join us until the summer in any case – are mediocre at best.
However, the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle – their remit will presumably be to keep Newcastle in the Premier League and in the top ten if possible and therefore away from relegation problems.
What a comedown that is from the times when we actually had a top four side, and the likes of Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson managed the club.
Alan Pardew has gone but the problems still remain at the club – that’s becoming obvious.
We’d love to see Dutchman Frank de Boer come in to be the new Newcastle manager – but we just cannot see that happening.
John Carver will be the caretaker manager until a new manager comes in – and we don’t know how long that will take.
What do you think?
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