Something (Or Somebody) At Newcastle United Has To Give
Mike Ashley is now faced with owning a club in meltdown again. He must act this summer, or sell up. As a statement of intent he needs to remove Alan Pardew and replace him with a credible successor. Whether he can convince a manager of any credibility to take over at the helm, is another matter.
The current state of affairs at Newcastle United has become critical for all parties. A situation the supporters have endured for some time has now become intolerable. Ashley’s lack of investment and ambition for the club has seen a mounting backlash. This discontentment has led to cancellation of season tickets, right through to match day protest walkouts.
Ashley has to admit fault and pay whatever compensation Pardew is owed under the terms of his eight year contract. Conveniently there is now a tempting list of potential replacements from the unemployed, therefore not requiring recompense to a club. David Moyes being the leading candidate, who it has recently come to light, Ashley is claimed to have attempted to hire twice.
Some sympathy for Pardew should be afforded; he has worked under extremely difficult circumstances. However, he is seen as part of the problem and the majority of fans now want him sacked. A recent poll in the Newcastle Chronicle stated that 86% want him out. Questions are raised about his tactical abilities, player selection and in particular, repeatedly playing them out of position.
There’s a worrying list of players whose form has flatlined under his guidance. Yanga-Mbiwa, a French International centre half, has been farmed out to the flanks, his confidence eroded. Sissoko, burst onto the scene with some barnstorming performances but has been harnessed as a workhorse winger. Cisse appears a mere ghost of a player to the once goal scoring sensation.
The list goes on but one final mention must be made of Ben Arfa. In a team completely devoid of creativity it’s a criminal waste not to have him in the side. Football lest we forget is about entertainment, and fans, especially at Newcastle, don’t want to watch dull wars of attrition. They want to witness moments of magic no matter how fleeting; with Ben Arfa on the pitch miracles seem possible.
Pardew during his tenure has possessed the best squad of players, albeit a small one, since the days of Sir Bobby Robson. It has now been clearly shown he isn’t able to get the best out of them.
The fans, despite what the rest of the country may think, aren’t deluded.
They don’t expect Ashley to spend the sums Man City or Chelsea do. What they don’t expect is to be told the club can’t compete financially with the likes of Swansea and Southampton. Despite Ashley’s huge personal wealth and/or the revenues pouring in from T.V rights and a full stadium.
Newcastle United deserves better, withjust moderate investment and a sense of direction the club would flourish. Until then something, or somebody, has to give.
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