Is Alan Pardew Part Of The Problem Or Part Of The Solution At Newcastle United? Vote Now
The match on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium was just another step towards the end of another wasted season at Newcastle United.
To a backdrop of countless thousands of Newcastle fans packing in their season tickets, we have the season ending in farce both on and off the pitch.
The question is, what is to be done?
The club is in the grip of one of the richest people in the UK but who runs Newcastle United in a very peculiar way which is alien to every other football club in the Premier League and beyond.
At the hub of this unholy mess sits Alan Pardew.
Chris Hughton had performed miracles as he resurrected a totally demoralised set of players with next to no money, leading them to promotion at a canter and established them back in the Premier League mid-table.
Only weeks after defeating Sunderland 5-1 and winning at the Emirates, Hughton was sacked, this came on the back of repeated rumours that Mike Ashley had been desperate to sack Hughton at the first opportunity for unknown reasons.
So if the club were sacking a manager who had done everything asked of him, they must surely have a top line replacement lined up.
They instantly appointed Alan Pardew.
This was Alan Pardew who had earlier that season being sacked by third tier Southampton.
The extent of Alan Pardew’s Premier League management experience was one full season where West Ham finished ninth, followed by a half season when he ended up being sacked with the Hammers in deep trouble. The only other experience in the top tier was a half season with Charlton, where Pardew took over halfway through with the South London club in nineteenth place and he finished the job off, taking them down to the Championship.
Pardew’s appointment was met by disbelief from the fans and no believable explanation was ever given as to why they had plucked this out of work manager off the dole queue and given him a prime post as manager of the third best supported team in England.
All kinds of weird and wonderful rumours did the rounds, mainly centred on Ashley and/or Llambias being friendly/acquainted with Alan Pardew via socialising in London casinos.
The rest we all know about, at least in terms of his management of Newcastle United.
So where do we go from here.
We’d like your opinion as to whether Alan Pardew is part of the problem or part of the solution, in the fans’ eyes.
Please leave to one side the usual conversation that surrounds Pardew’s suitability for the job, which goes along the lines of ‘well who else would work under Ashley…Mike Ashley’s the problem so what’s the point of changing managers…do you really want Joe Kinnear back?’
If the club was suddenly in new ownership for example, would you still see Alan Pardew as part of the problem, or part of the solution?
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