If You’re On Fire Do You Risk The Shark Infested Waters?
I think it is very difficult to know what the majority of fans now think of Alan Pardew.
The problem is that fans who feel strongly in an anti-Pardew way, are far more likely to want to hear their voices heard than those who think he deserves more time but aren’t really passionate about it.
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What I do accept is that there is a range of opinions on what should happen with the manager’s job at Newcastle but a bit like changing governments, it’s usually easier to say what you want to get rid of rather than coming up with a viable/realistic replacement.
What makes a change of manager at Newcastle United all the more complicated is the unique way Mike Ashley wants to run the club.
Looking at his past appointments, Ashley has employed a mentalist plus three managers he didn’t really want; Chris Hughton, Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan. Hughton was employed as a very short-term solution because he was cheap and available and would do until they found somebody who they did want. While with Keegan and Shearer they were brought in as quick fixes to appease the fans but with no real conviction behind the appointments or commitment to back them long-term.
How and why Alan Pardew was appointed is a mystery to anybody on purely football reasons, though as things turned out I think he has done a decent job overall but his powers have waned this season. What is generally accepted is that Alan Pardew was employed thanks to being known to Ashley and/or his associates.
If Pardew did leave, I have heard fans putting forward some weird and wonderful names, basically a wish list with no basis in the reality of how Mike Ashley works.
I think we’d have far more chance of getting another JFK rather than a Mourinho or any other daft name fans want to pluck out of the air, in fact I’d say it is almost guaranteed with the lack of influence any new manager would have.
As the title of this article suggest, the question of sacking Pardew is the equivalent of setting yourself on fire and the only option of putting the flames out would be jumping into shark infested waters.
What would your choice be?
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