Laudrup For Pardew?
I think most Newcastle United fans, are starting to realize that Alan Pardew is what he is, a headbutting, mid-table manager, who is not the man to take Newcastle forward.
A lot of things during Pardew’s time have baffled me, from tactics to substitutions, excuses to touchline incidents.
Some pro-Pardew fans (if there are any left) will argue that he still deserves to be here because of his 2011/2012 season.
In my opinion though, that season papered over the cracks, we had one of the worst goal differences in the top 10, had an extreme amount of (good) luck and relied on three players (Ba, Cabaye and Cisse) to get us results.
The first half of the season was full of sitting on 1-0 leads and hoofing it up to Ba, the second half was counter attacking with Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa.
However, at the start of the 12/13 season, Pardew decided to give Ba his pacifier back by playing him up front in a 4-4-2 with Cisse and then a sole striker with Cisse pushed wide, which clearly didn’t work.
If you accept he has to go, which manager could replace Pardew?
In fact, who would want to work under Ashley?
In my opinion, even though Ashley would never do this, we should sack Pardew and appoint Michael Laudrup. He’s the perfect manager for the job and would bring the mouthwatering football we all crave. He turned Rodgers’ possession style into a more attacking and fluid side at Swansea.
A lot of people will argue he was having a similar season (2013/2014) to Pardew in 2012/2013. Was he really though? At the time when Laudrup was sacked, a lot of Swansea fans were bitterly disappointed with Hugh Jenkins. Despite not getting the results they’d have liked to, they were expected to be in the position of around 13th-15th with Europa league to deal with, and were still producing some very good football week in week out.
The most important thing though of Laudrup’s time at Swansea, is that he brought them the first major trophy in their history, that is the sign of a winner. Beating the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool to get there, then emphatically beating Bradford 5-0 in the final, a side that we would probably lose to under Pardew.
There is no doubt that Laudrup would be able to get the best out of flair players like Ben Arfa and Marveaux, bringing the success and style of play that all Geordies would love.
I think Laudrup could be a very influential figure on Tyneside but the problem is, would he come?
Under Ashley? Probably not.
That is the saddest thing about our current situation.
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