There was a report in L’Equipe in France yesterday that Newcastle had approached St. Etienne manager Christophe Galtier, about the possibility of becoming the Newcastle manager, but the Frenchman played down the report (that’s not a surprise), and said he wanted to concentrate on his current job at the French club, which he’s had for five years.
Alan Pardew – a manager under pressure
And Pardew gave a number of interviews yesterday about our upcoming final game of the season tomorrow at Liverpool, and yes – at one point he was asked about the report.
This is what Alan said:
“I don’t know who he would have spoken to, but there are only one or two people who really matter here and I don’t think they have spoken to him. But that is part of business.”
“Chairman, chief executives, managers, will all have a look at this season and draw breath a little bit, about how to go forward together, and make sure that everyone is doing it with honesty and integrity.”
The two people would be Mike Ashley himself and then our top executive – Managing Director Lee Charnley – whose job it would be to recruit a new manager, if Mike Ashley decides that’s what needs to be done.
In our poll 82% want to see Alan replaced and that’s a poll with just one vote per fan, so it seems representative of how the fans feel about Pardew at the moment.
But with Mike Ashley’s history at Newcastle, that’s no guarantee the owner will fire the manager, who has been talking about what he needs to do to turn around Newcastle, and he’s at least been honest enough to admit his shortcomings this year – and that he needs to become a better manager, because of what’s happened.
Pardew will become a better manager by coming through the terrible period of results this year, because he will learn things from that, but whether or not his future is at Newcastle still has to be determined.
That old adage of “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is really true, it’s just a (huge) pain going through the hard times. 😀
What do you think?