‘IF’ Transfer Funds Are There, Do You Want Pardew Spending Them And Managing Those Players?
I haven’t commented on here for a month or so, but during this time I’ve been amused when some of my fellow fans get it into their heads that Mike Ashley will soon give Manager Alan Pardew his marching orders.
Now, I’ve supported Pardew during the course of the last three/four years, partly due to the constraints placed upon him from above (Ashley) but because, above all else, out of everyone inside the St James’ Park chain of command he, and he alone, is a football man.
Supported, played and now managed in the game. The rest of the club’s hierarchy are ‘yes’ men, accountants and mouthpieces, put there to justify what Ashley does and drive down any form of expectation or heaven forbid it – ambition.
This support was backed up with a 5th place finish and decent football. Players were signed, good players, and a sign of actually wanting to grow the club. This has rapidly gone out of the window, with more silly PR moves (W***a, Banning press/fans forums, making negative statements to name but a few).
Also gone is the support I once gave Pardew.
The lies, excuses, dedicating wins ‘for Mike’, the lack of anything resembling a tactic, have begun to take their toll, took their toll and worn out whatever positive support I can give the man. I can’t justify his position anymore.
Which brings me back to my point about fans expecting him to be sacked. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
Let me re-phrase that. We can never say never with gambler Mike. But if you look at the Hull City/Headbutt affair, we can see how safe the Manager is. I would go as far as to say, Alan Pardew is one of the safest Managers in the league.
He has mid-table safety and the fact is that many another Manager could go the journey BEFORE Pardew need get nervous. Moyes, Sherwood, Wenger, have all been either told they are going, or are living on borrowed time. Gus Poyet won’t be a Premier League Manager of Sunderland in May and if Cardiff and Fulham get relegated (probably) the managers involved could feasibly be chopped straight away. West Brom, Villa and Swansea aren’t safe, while Norwich have just got rid of Chris Hughton.
Even Manuel Pellegrini might get twitchy if they don’t win the league and Chelsea have been known to get rid of managers on a whim. I see Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez as the only two managers that appear bullet proof at present.
As for Pardew, I keep going back to that headbutt, gross misconduct and an opportunity to get rid WITHOUT compensation I’m sure, if Mike Ashley saw fit to twist a situation to get rid of a manager he was unsure of.
The club on the whole is rotten to the core and if Ashley wants to keep the Premier League TV money rolling in for the 2015/16 season, a lot of money needs spending. Sadly, I’ve lost all confidence in Alan Pardew either spending it on good players or getting anywhere near good enough performances out of said good players.
If the money IS there in the summer, and it’s a BIG if, I now wouldn’t want Pardew spending it, or managing what he gets with it…
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