A quiet weekend with no Newcastle match brought big headlines of ‘Alan Pardew last chance saloon’ to fill the void.

Claimed as exclusives by a number of national newspapers, the story went that the Newcastle manager was in line for the chop if United didn’t beat Villa next Sunday.

pardew last chanceJust to spice things up further, the various reports added in rumours of Ashley to sell and/or Llambias to come back – we covered all of these weird and wonderful claims in an article yesterday which you can read HERE.

Later on Sunday, the local press then predictably led with ‘oh no he isn’t’ headlines, as they stated as fact that there was no way Mike Ashley was looking to get rid of Alan Pardew.

Despite an appalling run (only three wins in eighteen Premier League matches at one stage) last season which almost took United to relegation, there wasn’t even a hint that the Newcastle owner would sacrifice his manager.

The more cynical (realistic?) fans believing that the manager’s job is bomb-proof, so long as Alan Pardew keeps deflecting as much criticism as possible from Ashley.

Whatever the reasons or the true nature of the Ashley/Pardew relationship, I think if we lost every one of the final twelve matches this season (now there’s a depressing thought…) then the manager would still remain in place.

Whether that represents ‘stability’, or a recipe for disaster, is a question for us all.