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Pardew Must Go For The Sake of The Club And In His Own Interests

8 years ago

Pardew Must Go For The Sake of The Club And In His Own Interests.

For almost five years I have defended Alan Pardew.

It remains my view that he is a perfect manager for Mike Ashley.

That is not a good thing.

It remains my view he is a good man manager who is careful to amass statistical knowledge about players and who is at his best, strangely, when his teams are set up to attack. He also instils a good attitude when his teams are doing well. I can remember an away game at Stoke two years ago when we were quite superb in our resilience, pace and assuredness.

But I am no longer defending Alan Pardew from those who want him to resign as our manager. I too would now like it if he were to leave.

He is not leading our club, he cannot strengthen the team, he has no influence with team development, and has no authority.

Of course it would be better if Mike Ashley were to sell up, because some of Pardew’s weaknesses are engendered by Ashley himself. I still think he will surprise us with a snap sale of the whole club quite soon. The pressures of reality are becoming too constant to ignore, and relegation is likely if there is no change.

This will require investment he cannot countenance. That’s why I think he will sell.

But until Ashley does sell, we clearly need a new manager.

To my mind, the main reason, and there are others, is that Pardew is not facing up to reality. This is ironic, because if he is sacked it will be because Ashley himself has faced up to it. The longer Ashley stays his hand, the longer Pardew will evade the true meaning of events.

The following is a list of facts which represent the pressing current reality for Newcastle United.

1) We are shipping goals like billyo and not scoring any. This is because we have at least two defenders who are quite poor, and do not have a single proven striker registered at the club.

The Andy Carroll money, sorry to mention it again, was never used to buy another goalscorer, unless you count the desperate purchase of Ba, who in turn was sold at a profit and not replaced. Talk of character, taking the positives, not crumbling when being thrashed, and threatening talk about the need for fans to back the team mean this essential truth is being evaded.

2) We have it from Pardew himself that we really needed a replacement for Cabaye, and there is nobody with true creative and passing ability in midfield. But even though we knew for several months, possibly four months, that Cabaye would leave in January, and had been told he would be allowed to go, no replacement was acquired. It is possible that Pardew told Ashley the squad was fine at a time when even he knew Cabaye would be leaving. It’s no good blaming Kinnear either. Ashley and Pardew both knew the true position, lied about it, and ignored the problem.

3) Pardew is not changing things when they need to be changed. I am unsure about Ben Arfa’s qualities, and he is undoubtedly overrated by some, but it is not helpful to expect the lad to defend and, when he doesn’t do so, to humiliate him on the pitch with demonstrations of managerial scorn. This has alienated a talented player who would be useful against teams like Arsenal who effortlessly spanked our hide because we had nothing beyond effort to offer and strangely refrained from changing a five-man blanket midfield which clearly suited Ozil down to the ground. Pardew says nothing about a defensive effort that has produced no goals even when we went behind, and instead talks about character and not crumbling.

4) It would get Pardew sacked, but I really cannot understand why on earth he doesn’t announce to the press that he is tired of not being backed by the owner, and trying to manage a team that he hasn’t really chosen is impossible? I’m serious. He sticks around despite the humiliations, and loses all credibility. If he loses eight games in a row, no club would touch him with a bargepole. Iam McFaul (six successive defeats) was exiled to Guam. If Pardew spoke out, told us the truth as we already know it to be, it would present Ashley with a decision he would not relish and would require the appointment of a successor. This would be the end for Ashley. Pardew could assassinate Ashley, and save his own reputation, in one fell swoop. But Pardew will not do this, and will not face up to these facts.

Pardew is deluded. He has deluded himself. In deluding himself, he has made himself impotent as a manager. He is not telling the truth. He cannot see the truth. He cannot put right what needs correcting. He makes the owner comfortable with his lies.

Pardew really must go, for the club’s good, and in his own interests.


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