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Eight Year Sentence?

8 years ago

It looks like Alan Pardew will go in the record books as the first and last ever recipient of an 8 year managerial contract. If ever there was a precedent to warn off every club on the planet from making the same mistake as us then our disastrous form since that infamous contract was signed is proof plenty. It should never even be brought up in jest, never mind passed in a board meeting and subsequently implemented.

The odds of Pardew seeing out the contract the day it was announced back in September, were a very short 8-1. The odds now are in excess of 200-1 and the way the team are playing right now, I would suggest those odds are very generous indeed!

Here’s what Lambollox had to say the day the contract was announced…

“If you look at clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal, Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have shown that stability gives you the best platform to achieve success, and that is the model we wish to emulate here”.

Pure Genius Derek, the point you’re missing here is neither Sir Alex or Arsene have ever had more than a four year contract, they’ve simply earned contract extensions by delivering year after year after year. You gave Pardew an eight year contract on the back of one flash in the pan year when everything he touched turned to gold, whereas everything he’s touched this year has turned to dust.

My blood boils when everyone goes on about the injuries we’ve had this year. I don’t care how many injuries we’ve had, the players we’ve got playing in the team right now are still as good as, or even better, than most of the players in ‘lesser’ teams that are miles above us in the league right now. That’s all down to better management and tactics of those teams.

It seems to me we’ve been relying on individual brilliance of certain players rather than work ethic and organisation to get results. Now the flair players in our team are all injured we’re left with the workhorses and the workhorses simply aren’t stepping up to the plate.

The leadership on and off the pitch is lacking this year, it’s always easier when things are going well but the proof of a good manager is how they perform under pressure, Pardew in my opinion is failing miserably right now.

Just a few things to remember from last year to prove my point;

Steven Taylor only started 14 times in the league last year and the defence managed well without him. They can’t this year even though we have the same players available to fill the same gap. The rest of the back 5 including Krul are the same and only Santon is having a good year, whilst the rest simply aren’t performing.

Tiote only started 24 games last year yet the same players, except for Guthrie who has been replaced by Anita, are available to fill the gap this time but simply aren’t performing.

Hatem Ben Arfa only started 16 Premiership games last year and we did pretty well without him, yet we have the same players available to us this season who replaced him last year…but simply aren’t performing.

We only lost Cabaye three games ago and we were well in trouble even before he was ruled out until February, he simply wasn’t performing

The facts are there for all to see, we’re playing rubbish this year with pretty much the same players who did so well last year, so Pardew has to accept his portion of the blame for our current plight.

I know he did well last year but he’s doing exactly what he did at Reading, Southampton, Charlton and West Ham…he’s on the slide and he needs to go before it’s too late

What do you think?

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