Pardew Has To Be Cruel To Be Kind To Save His Job
A disastrous 2012-2013 campaign led to many questioning whether Alan Pardew will be remaining as Newcastle manager.
A shocking 3-0 defeat to Sunderland was followed by the Liverpool horror show where 20,000 fans went home after the 4th goal, angry with the team’s abject and pathetic collapse.
Despite excuses of a long season in Europe and injuries to players, Alan has been allowed to continue preparations for next season. Many feel that he and the players have a lot of making up to do after last season and why not.
Having lost 19 of 38 matches with just 11 wins and 8 draws, our relegation season only ‘bettered’ this pitiful record. The signings of Sissoko, Debuchy, Gouffran, Haidara and Mbiwa did little to help matters with Ba our top goalscorer heading to pastures new.
If the mistakes of 2012-2013 are to be avoided then the team desperately needs to be shored up at the back. Another Coloccini type figure needs to come in to marshal the defence and help the less experienced players.
A right back will need to be added with Simpson on his way. Maybe two centre backs and a right back minimum and this is just in defence!
In midfield, Jonas for me needs to be moved on; as much as he tries his end product is lacking. Thomas Ince would be a perfect signing, as he has done well for Blackpool and would fit an attacking 4-4-2. With Jay Spearing another rumoured to be arriving.
Up top, an Andy Carroll return would be most welcome, as would the signings of Bony or De Jong and also Shane Long who has done well at Reading.
If these players are brought in then it would give us a chance of repairing the damage of last season and bring some credibility back to Newcastle. Failure to act both at boardroom and managerial level and the good work of 2011-2012 could be completely undone.
For me, if Alan Pardew is to keep his job he needs to rebuild and if this means that Jonas, Obertan, Williamson and Shola Ameobi need to be moved on, then he will be have to be cruel to be kind if he is to move the club forward.
Get it right and fans will begin to show faith in him again. Have a poor start with little investment and the critics will be out again.
It’s going to be a long summer.
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