Problems run higher than an average Newcastle United manager in charge
So there we have it, the reign of Alan Pardew has come to a close the way it started, a deserved victory over a team from Merseyside at St James’ Park in winter, with a record of 71 wins to 73 defeats (41 draws).
Like many, I wasn’t overwhelmed when he was appointed, nor am I sad to see him leave. However, I’m not so much happy to see him leave, as I’m of the opinion that the problems at the club run higher than an average manager being in charge.
Put simply, the time is right for a change for the benefit of everybody. Nobody wants abuse from your own club’s fans, even if the club is of a much higher stature than the one you’re joining, although the owner continues to drive standards down to a level where average clubs are now looking about our level.
On the other hand Alan Pardew’s record since January 2014 is atrocious and patchy before that. He could only mount a decent run in the league when everything was right, the injuries non-existent, suspensions to a minimum and players hitting form at the right time.
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You have to question why a manager would move out of a job that it’s nigh on impossible to be sacked from, although early reports suggest a higher wage at Crystal Palace is on offer. Not that this issue is of any concern to myself and other Newcastle supporters.
The big question is who’s next? Which lunatic would take the job on?
You simply can’t predict what Mike Ashley will do next, all you can do is look at his form. He hasn’t a clue about football, highly unlikely to buy a manager out of an existing contract and will want a Pardew type of manager to replace him. This leaves candidates thin on the ground, as actually going for a manager best suited for the club would be a major change of character.
There have been names bandied about that I agree with but some I definitely don’t.
Fabricio Coloccini, Steve Bruce and Tony Pulis fill me with fear, even though I’m sure the latter would get the defence sorted it would hardly be the best fit.
I can look at others with more positive tones, even the strange ones. Steve McClaren, not a favourite of mine in the past (Wally with a brolly) actually seems a decent prospect. I like Tim Sherwood a lot and the idea of getting Rafael Benitez appeals, as does Frank de Boer, even if we have to wait until the summer.
I can’t say I’m sad to see Pardew go, as I said in October there would be many managers available that would get better results out of this current squad than him.
If we had an owner with a plan that’s best for Newcastle and its supporters, I’d be all for going for a big name manager with a desire to make us a great side.
We can’t second guess Mike Ashley though, I expect the unexpected and just pray we don’t see the return of Joe Kinnear or Dennis Wise.
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