I Was The One Who Said Give Pardew A Chance
Right, the time has come. Over the summer it seemed that I was the lone voice in giving Alan Pardew the start of the season to see if he can make good out of Newcastle United.
A lot of criticism came my way (some support) but the reason behind my logic was simple. If a manager isn’t backed, which Pardew hadn’t been for two years, how can you be judged? Alex Ferguson always needed to spend money, as does Jose Mourinho.
Further down the scale, where Newcastle United live, Ronald Koeman has done a brilliant job at Southampton with a lot of expensive departures and good signings. Gary Monk has Swansea in a Europa League spot on little spend. Steve Bruce and Mark Hughes have all spent over the summer and these three clubs have taken 7 points off Newcastle already this season. Saturday could see that rise to 10, if Swansea win the game, a game Sky Sports News have ’exclusively’ revealed that Pardew will still be in charge for.
I take no pleasure in seeing the back of a manager. For all the lies, double-speak, unfounded arrogance, assaults on opposing players and excuses, there can be only one reason for getting rid of Pardew.
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If results are good, you can have anyone in charge at St James’ Park. Sadly, results are atrocious and that’s why he needs to go- no other reason matters. We’ve long since gone past relegation form, we are now looking at record low points totals and the like.
Who signs players at the club is open to debate. But Pardew has been backed this summer and it’s hard to imagine anyone getting less out of these players than he is at present- even taking into account our lack of a top striker and a commanding centre half. Certainly whoever comes in could do worse than going to the MLS and hooking in Jermain Defoe and/or Robbie Keane for 6 months. Just a thought.
The sad state of affairs is the fixture list has been kind to us. The games already played would be a dream for a manager to start the season with. Now, anyone coming in after Swansea would be facing a home debut against Leicester followed by a hell of a set of fixtures up until the new year. The damage by Saturday night may already be done.
Who do we turn to with Mike Ashley doing the hiring?
The pool of potential replacements for Pardew is quite shallow. They will have to be either;-
1. At the club already (Free)
2. Out of work at present (Free)
3. At a club but on the verge of getting sacked (Free)
4. At a club in a much lower league or overseas (Cheap)
Nobody can predict what Ashley will do, I’m not entirely sure he knows himself half the time.
However, a couple of things are certain, we don’t need an untested manager walking into this mess, which rules out (4).
We don’t want to be fishing around the managers whose jobs are in jeopardy as they are probably not doing very well (3).
If a manager is without a job (2) then you have to ask why.
Casting a glance and we see David Moyes, Steve Clarke, Tony Pulis, Roberto Di Matteo and Tim Sherwood all available.
While I can see the merits of Moyes and Di Matteo (and would welcome either) they would command a wage higher than what Ashley would be willing to pay, which leaves the likes of Sherwood, Pulis and Clarke, all more ’realistic’ targets.
That is unless you hanker after (1) Peter Beardsley and John Carver . .
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