West Brom Sack Irvine – Newcastle Face Competition

Former Newcastle coach Alan Irvine became the second Premier League coach sacked in three days, when he was fired by West Brom last night.

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Tony Pulis – former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager

And according to the Express in what they call an exclusive,  Tony Pulis is their number one target, so if Mike Ashley was really thinking of Tony Pulis as the next Newcastle manager,  he needs to move quickly.

But we don’t think Tony Pulis would be a good choice of manager with the Newcastle fans, since the 56 year-old has a history of playing long ball (boring) football with Stoke City.

West Brom have been on a poor run of form lately, and the 2-0 defeat at Stoke on Sunday was their third defeat in a row, and their 7th defeat in the last nine games, in which they have picked up only 4 points.

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Alan Irvine – bye bye West Brom

West Brom would seem to be a perfect match for the former Stoke City manager, and the Midlands club are likely to move quickly to get the Welshman as their new manager.

Pulis’ stock has risen significantly since he did so well at Crystal Palace earlier this year,  and he was the Premier League Manager of the Season.

The 56 year-old Irvine lasted less than six months at the Potters, after being appointed on a 12 month contract in the middle of June.

West Brom are being linked with some of the same managers that are said to be in contention at Newcastle United, including former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, who is said to be their second choice.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is on vacation in Barbados at the moment, but we assume he is working the phones to bring in a new manager – soon.

It’s expected that Crystal Palace will announce today that Alan Pardew has returned home, and is their new manage in south London.

What’s surprising about Alan Pardew leaving Newcastle is the speed with which things have developed since our great 3-2 win against Everton on Sunday.

It looks like when the Palace job became available,  he was desperate to leave Newcastle.

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18 comments so far

  • spitfire_

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Pulis needs money to work, that’s why he left Palace. He would not coming.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #2

    What’s all this hostile crowd talk then? The crowd only got hostile when it twigged onto Pardew’s pattern. I seem to remember he got a lot of mileage out of 5th place and Europa. This idea of the geordie nation being intransigent and insular and hounding out managers is tripe served up by the sensation seeking media and rival clubs. Whoever comes in as manager might be received with a groan, but I’m sure we’ll all give him the benefit of the doubt for a good run of losses before we turn on him like a pack of wolves ha ha.

    Fighting over Tony Pulis. Look what’s happened to us. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #3

    And another thing – the pundits, ex players and other managers might openly say they feel Pardew is a great manager, doesn’t deserve the pressure blah blah, but secretly to a man they think they could do a better job.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Pardew got a phone call just before Warnock got his cards, I guarantee that. If you think these situations come about on the hoof then you are very naive.

    ‘ok let’s sack warnock’
    ‘ok. Then what?’
    ‘I dunno…wait – Why dont we ask Alan Pardew if he’d like to give up his unsackable cushy number and manage us until we spontaneously fire him in 6 months when we go down?’
    ‘ that’s why you’re the boss!’

    Yeah. Right.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #5

    @GFN_France: EXCLUSIVE: GFFN interviews Newcastle starlet Olivier Kemen:
    “Every day I kill myself.” http://t.co/WceSPKpeCd

  • Slank

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #6


    Sir Bobby, Dalglish, Souness, Gullit, Roeder and Alladyce were all hounded out.

    It is generally seen in the football world that Newcastle have some of the most loyal away fans but the most hostile home fans.

  • Mag52

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Tsunki @201(previous thread)

    This could be putting hope before experience. I’ve got a feeling that MA thinks this managing lark is a piece of cake, and that we can make do till the end of the season, he’s not a football man is he ?
    But I really hope you’re right.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Slank – previous thread – I think first and foremost, not jeopardising his cash flow at nufc would be THE priority. The file on available managers will have been in Ashleys drawer for some time now I suspect. He already has a shortlist. This is not a surprise situation.

  • nico

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Good luck to Pardew. He will finally get what he wanted at Newcastle. Control over how to run the team, including transfers etc. I bet Palace start moving up the table as we move down with Collo in charge (he hasn’t even got coaching badges).
    We will sell Sissoko and not replace him as well.
    I love being a Toon fan haha

  • check the toastie

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #10

    So pleased the charlatan has gone, he will take palace down, he has gone for cash and an easier life, simples..

    Don’t blame him for that but oh my god he has been lucky whilst hes been here, having a patient/disinterested boss. The man has been useless and is lucky good players have bailed him out over his period in charge, he will have no such luck at Palace, they are doomed and he is sacked in 18 months time.

    Wonder what direction the club takes from now, think we will just tread water indefinitely, a total state of disinterest from our owner. Such a shame…

    PARDEW OUT….at last….

  • nico

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #11

    TsunkiI like the Warnock sacking conversation ha

  • nico

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #12

    I bet he doesn’t take them down. Far from it.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Sir might have had murmurs of discontent bug he wasn’t hounded out, he was jettisoned in a knee jerk reaction by FFS Which he later regretted. I don’t know about Roeder I seem to remember him being a bit nondescript, but the others you mention deserved criticism.

    As for the home crowd, 50k regularly turn up and support, and even at sackpardew.com giddy heights, they still got behind the team and the protest against the manager was subdued to say the least.

    I find it a bit insulting to suggest we are ‘fickle’ fans – I would say on the contrary we are trained to be pretty long suffering. How long would Pardew have lasted at man utd?

  • headtheball

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Don’t panic. Take a deep breath. Count to ten.
    Everything will be ok.
    It’s the start of a new world, not the end of the old one.
    Have faith, the King is gone along with his HUGE ego.
    If you want to worry, become a Palace supporter as the King will be in HIS palace soon.
    Long live the King ( in Landan )

  • Mag52

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #15


    I don’t see Newcastle fans as necessarily more fickle than fans of other teams.
    What happened with Pardew, IMO, was that a number of supporters took against him from the moment he was appointed.
    Whether it was because he replaced Hughton who had done a great job for us, whether he was seen as one of Ashley’s mates, or whether he was another southerner (he’s never been a cockney), I don’t know, but a section of supporters never got behind him.

  • Mag52

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #16

    If we manage to beat Leicester in the FA cup, and the doubts about that must surely have increased due to the present state of uncertainty in the club, what are the odds against being drawn against Palace in the next round ?

  • toonincheek

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #17

    mag –

    About 63 to 1 ?

  • toonincheek

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #18

    mag –
    That should be 31 to 1.


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