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