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Why do my friends who don’t support Newcastle fail to understand?

6 years ago
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The news that Alan Pardew is departing, prompted my first contribution for a while, mainly to express my confusion at the situation we find ourselves in.

By that, I mean that many of my non-Newcastle supporting friends are surprised I’m glad to see him go. Others think he’s been treated badly by fans and deserves a chance elsewhere where he’ll be supported by his new team’s fans, while some talk of a good record and that he brought European football back to Newcastle.

Aside from the fact I disagree with most of their points, the confusion comes from the fact that I’m not sure about what I want to come from this situation.

In principle, I want Pardew to go. We all know the stats: the first manager to lose four derbies in a row, won just 12 matches of 38 in the calendar year 2014.

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Add to that; Alan Pardew is the first ever Newcastle United manager to lose 6 consecutive Premier League matches. Plus since the beginning of the 12/13 season Pardew’s Newcastle United have been in a losing position 26 times at half-time and never won (P26 W0 D2 L24), and finally no Premier League club suffered more home defeats in 2012-13 than NUFC under Alan Pardew.

I could go on. The man is a record breaker!

The nail in the coffin for me was the Hull headbutt. I was appalled and amazed he didn’t lose his job. He embarrassed the club and everyone associated with it. From then on, he was finished in my mind. That and his constant insistence on picking Gouffran.

Now that it seems apparent that I have my wish and he’s on his way, what happens next? I wrote a while ago about wanting Pardew to go and if he did how it would be an opportunity to rebuild from the bottom up, by getting people in who understand the club.

Give someone like Beardsley the top job, supported by people like Steve Harper, Les Ferdinand, perhaps get someone like Lee Clark in too. People who get the club and its importance to the people of Newcastle. The thing with that is that it’s very idealistic and I understand that. Too much of a gamble for Ashley or something he simply wouldn’t do? Or both?

Failing that, we should go and chase a great coach and whilst it may cost us a few quid, it’d be worth it to get someone who has a good footballing philosophy. Someone like Michael Laudrup who’s managing in Qatar for example. Someone like Frank De Boer, the Ajax manager. Even someone like Slaven Bilić who is in charge of the top team in Turkey – Besiktas. Following these ideas, the reality of the situation, of which I’d long since known, struck me fairly firmly in the face.

I’m having these thoughts as a fan. Someone who wants the best for the club and for it to achieve success. The person making this decision is looking at it from a purely financial point of view.

Having sold another ‘asset’, should he use that money to reinvest, or take the money and put it in his pocket, whilst finding the next cheapest alternative. The answer is almost certainly going to be the latter, which leads me to the root of the problem. Whilst Pardew wasn’t a good manager, it’s not all his fault. Even he has got sick of MA and his nonsense in the end, which is why he wants to walk I believe. The real issue is exactly that. Ashley.

We can all bicker about Pardew and his tactics, his inability to train his players to take corners and many other things.

However ,what he hasn’t got any control over is the rug constantly being pulled from beneath him with player sales and inadequate replacements.

It doesn’t really matter who Ashley replaces Pardew with and this is where my confusion lies. Could it be possible that Pardew leaving puts us in a worse position than we were in before, because at least we know what we’re going to get with him.

We have no idea what or who will be in next and the uncertainty of that scares me!

As it stands, the thing which matters most is that nothing will ever change until Ashley packs up and leaves. Until then anything is possible at NUFC.

It may be worth remembering that when the next managerial appointment is made.

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