Yesterday’s bizarre official club announcement of Pardew’s departure, also featured the news that Newcastle United were now looking for a Head Coach rather than a manager.

The statement also included the rather strange denial from Mike Ashley that he’d never met Alan Pardew before appointing him, clearly in response (some four years too late) to the rumours of casino high jinks that have circulated ever since Hughton was sacked and Ashley’s yes man installed at St. James’ Park.

head coachSo we are now to have a ‘Head Coach’ rather than ‘Head Salesman’, this must be a big relief to John Carver or other overly grateful person gets the Head Coach mantle.

If Alan Pardew was good at anything then it was in his Head Salesman role.

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As each window opened you wouldn’t have long to wait before you’d hear Pards saying something along the lines of ‘There’s no way Andy Carroll/Yohan Cabaye/Moussa Sissoko are up for sale’, swiftly followed by ‘There’s no way £35m rated Andy Carroll, £20m rated Yohan Cabaye, £?? rated Moussa Sissoko will be leaving this football club’.


As we all know, Alan Pardew had no say in which players were bought and sold, yet he willingly acted the head salesman to perfection.

It is unbelievable that credible managers (or Head Coaches…) are being linked by the media (and fans) to the Newcastle job.

No self-respecting manager/coach with a decent pedigree is going to come here.

To have no say on which players come in or go out, with key players sold with not a thought to the ramifications for the rest of the team or the season. No intention of trying to get into Europe or competing for domestic cups, just what would be the attraction.

The answer of course is that we will be getting only the desperate who are interested, those who have achieved nothing or have serious other flaws in their career history.

Whether you think he was a conniving idiot or not, Crystal Palace have actually paid compensation to get their new manager.

West Brom have appointed somebody with a track record of relative success in the Premier League.

Newcastle United will do neither and there is only one way this club is going under Mike Ashley and it isn’t where the rest of us want it to end up.