There will be plenty coverage given today to claims of Mike Ashley to sell Newcastle and Alan Pardew out if his team fails to beat Aston Villa.
The other strand to these stories that have been put about in this morning’s newspapers (Express and People) is that Ashley could bring back Llambias.
Substance to the stories is a bit thin on the ground with claims of a ‘club insider’ and use of ‘it’s believed’.
“It is clear there is unrest in the dressing room and there’s a lack of confidence throughout the club.
“Cabaye was our inspiration and our leader; don’t be surprised if other players follow, especially some of our French contingent.”
The above is hardly original as following the Spurs debacle on Wednesday night, the Chronicle had an ‘insider’ blow by blow account of Pardew laying into his players and Santon allegedly storming out.
As for a lack of confidence throughout the club, well you only need to turn up on a matchday to see that on the pitch, or Alan Pardew’s ever more bizarre and less believable press conferences, both before and after matches.
Pardew to be sacked if we don’t win against Villa? Well Ashley could do anything at any time if it suited his motives but last season we endured a Premier League run of only 2 wins in 14 games (3 in 18 matches and 4 in 22 games).
As for Llambias back in, doesn’t take a genius to guess that this comes about after a photo went about allegedly showing Llambias ‘partying’ with Ashley on Thursday night.
Ashley to sell? Well like all club owners he will eventually sell Newcastle United but there is nothing in the articles that tells us anything to back up any claims of this happening imminently.
If I put two and two together myself then I could see Ashley sacking Pardew in some kind of shoddy sacrifice (blaming exercise) to attempt to stop the flood of fans throwing in their season tickets.
No doubt if that did happen we’d not see a new manager with John Carver etc taking over until the end of the season in a further cost cutting exercise, or the curse of JFK returning…
Or putting another two on top of the other two plus two, if Ashley did intend to sell you could maybe imagine Llambias coming back for the short-term to keep an eye for Ashley, because of course there is hardly anybody left at St.James’ Park to keep things at least ticking over in any kind of sensible manner.
So that’s cleared that up then!
What I do know for sure is that there is little left to be stripped from our club; a wafer thin squad, no squad investment, no board of directors, no visible management team off the pitch and a manager who seemingly has no say on anything yet has to answer for everything!
Only at Newcastle…