Only a couple of days left for managers who can’t manage to buy their way out of trouble, and those that can, to hold onto their players.

I wanted to comment on how well I think Pardew has done so far this season.

In the past i have been one of the first to hammer the keys after one defeat or another but I have been impressed with his management of the playing side of this season. I have also been impressed by the way he has handled the Cabaye situation.

alan pardew improvedFirstly, the performances have improved greatly. He has started to become a better manager and shown the tactical awareness lacked previously. The answer isn’t always to put the big fella on when we are chasing a game and he understands that now.

The tactical performance at the theatre of nausea was particularly pleasing. There have been a few blips (Hull, mackems and Swansea) but by and large we look a much better side. We hold the ball better, pass it more, move more and defend better.

We have shown we can compete with and beat the teams “with all of the money” and outplay them too. And if we can’t beat them then there’s always a stream of abuse reserved for their manager!! The players seem together too and well drilled in what is expected of them. They are giving their all and we can’t ask for more than that.

As regards the Cabaye situation, I genuinely feel sorry for Pardew. It clearly isn’t his decision to sell and I think he would like nothing more than to add to the Cabayes of this world rather than sell them.

The thought of his phone call to the powers that be to get a replacement fills me with dread and amusement in equal measure. For starters I wouldn’t  trust JFK to go to the shop for me, never mind buy a player.

MA will no doubt be pretending not to be in and the whole thing probably resembled one of those 118 118 adverts. However, Pardew has said it how it is and has been a lot more open this time.

He clearly just wants to manage and be left to do that with his best team on the pitch rather than in the accounts come the end of the year.

Credit to him and the players for the season so far. HTL.