Alan Pardew was forced out of the club just less then 18 months ago, and that has coincided with Newcastle imploding and fans getting even more insights into how pathetically the club has been run by Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – and it’s not a pretty sight.
And it’s obvious former Newcastle managers – like Pardew, Hughton, Shearer etc – had little say in which players would come in and which would leave.
In fact an article yesterday by the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas is not only an excellent piece, but it gives insights and revelations into what really happened last season.
Alan Pardew – while manager at Newcastle
Now here’s a warning – it’s even worse than we had thought – so if your depression is deep maybe you don’t want to read it for a week or two.
It appears Lee Charnley said no to a number of signings that would have saved us – he looks even more incompetent after reading the article than we had thought – as difficult as that seems.
Here’s Mark’s article on (only) some of the things that went wrong last season.
Getting back to the current Crystal Palace manager we’re surprised at the vitriol aimed at Pardew.
Yes – he made some daft mistakes and some of his antics on the touchline were embarrassing – but he’s certainly not as bad a manager as the Sack Pardew crew would have you believe.
By the way that group continues to remain anonymous.
Here’s some of what Alan said yesterday about Newcastle:
“It’s important, if it’s Rafa Benitez or the new manager, he gets full control of transfers,” “I think that would be something the new manager would need.”
“My reaction is one of sadness, for the players and the staff there and the fans, who have suffered.”
“They won’t enjoy the Championship although last time they had a good year in the Championship… they built some foundations and that’s what they’re going to need to do.”
“I’m just sad, because I love that football club and I’ll always love it.” “I’m very sad that it’s gone down, and I really, really hope – passionately – that this brings some change for the better.”
Newcastle will be the best club Alan will ever manage, but there’s now real proof that he had his hands tied behind his back on which players he could bring into the club during his four year tenure on Tyneside.
We are now hoping and praying Rafa Benitez will commit to managing Newcastle for the next three years.
The way we feel at the moment is that’s our one and only hope and if we cannot do that Newcastle could well go into free-fall.
The fact that Lee Charnley seems to be wanting Steve Bruce in as the head coach if we cannot get Rafa is alarming.
It would be a signing similar to the appointment of John Carver and Steve McClaren.
An easy one for Lee and we suppose he thinks it would allow him to run the club with Carr via their failed system – but certainly not good for Newcastle United.
Lee certainly seems to be detached from reality.
Mike Ashley needs to get a grip of the club.