Has Any Manager Been So Let Down As Alan Pardew?
I know it is fashionable at the moment to put the blame on Alan Pardew for the team’s woes, both last season and now this, but I wonder if any manager in the Premier League has been so let down by his owner/directors.
Having taken the Toon to 5th in the season before last, any reasonable minded person would expect the manager (who was universally acclaimed as manager of the season for his ‘overachievement’ that season) to be fully supported in the transfer market to strengthen and improve the squad for the forthcoming season.
It was pretty clear that this was top of the agenda not least because of the forthcoming Europa campaign but also to keep the momentum going for a top 4 finish. I believe some strategic signings would have made this possible.
Following the disaster of last season it has been well documented that we needed several reinforcements, including a commanding centre back, left winger and 2 strikers for instance, but none have arrived to date other than Remy on loan.
Let’s look though at some of the negatives, Pardew, and Newcastle fans in particular, have had to endure over recent seasons (in no particular order)
Selling Andy Carroll on deadline day with no chance of a replacement.
Bring in only 1 player, Vernon Anita, at the start of last season.
Transferring Demba Ba without bringing in a replacement.
Starting the current season without a single new face in the team.
Bringing in Joe Kinnear to ‘get players over the line’.
Losing Yohan Cabaye for all games to date this season and perhaps permanently.
With all this to deal with and I’m sure there is a lot more besides, it’s a wonder Pardew has not walked away to find a more accommodating employer. Instead he has kept his dignity and peddled the ‘PR’ message in order to take the flak away from Ashley and Co, and I admire him for that.
Ok, some of his tactics may not always be the best but then who doesn’t make mistakes. They would likely be a lot less costly if the team was equipped with some of the quality signings no doubt Pardew has been desperate for.
If Pardew by some remote chance does get the support he deserves maybe we should judge him on that.
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