It has now been well over a week since Alan Pardew packed up his belongings from Newcastle United and headed off to relegation candidates Crystal Palace.
Other than a short statement by Newcastle to confirm what several press sources had already reported…‘Yes, he’s gone, we’ll let you know when we find someone else’…there has been nothing from Ashley or the club.
It seems very strange that after Mike Ashley refused point blank to sack him, after what can only be described as an appalling run of results that stretched back to February 2014, that Pardew would thank him for that unwavering support by walking out on the club to join Palace. No doubt Pardew will point to the fact that he was hated by the majority of Newcastle fans, yet loved by the fans of Palace, but it doesn’t ring right with me personally.
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Pardew has been in the game long enough to understand that any manager who oversees such a horrendous run of form for as long as he did, is not exactly going to be loved by the fans and 9/10 managers would have been shown the door. He even thanked Ashley for sticking with him once the team started winning a few games again, which was just weeks ago. So why did he walk away when he did?
Club legend Alan Shearer reckons Pardew may have been ‘given the nod’ that Ashley was about to sell up but surely Pardew would have seen that as a good thing? The whole scenario is awash with confusion and it’s this confusion which will seriously damage the club’s chances of bringing in a quality manager/head coach. Looking at some of the names we have been linked with, they are hardly names to get excited about. McClaren, Hoddle and Howe have all ruled themselves out and I sense they know something we don’t.
McClaren is happy at Derby and wants to see that job through, which is fair enough, while at Bournemouth Howe is saying similar things which again, whilst a little strange, is fair enough and I won’t knock a manager for showing commitment to his club…but Hoddle who is only first team coach at Loftus Road…
“I’m happy at QPR and looking forward to the challenge of keeping the club in the Premier League.”
What on earth is going on?
It’s high time the club started communicating with its biggest shareholder, the fans! Until the day comes when all of us refuse to attend home games, this appalling treatment of our club and those of us who live and breathe it, will continue to happen. There is only one way to make your point to someone like Mike Ashley and that is to stop lining his pockets.
There is an old saying, when people won’t listen, then it’s time for action.
Mike Ashley has not listened to us for 8 years now, nor has he spoken to us. When will we all stop trying and instead take action?
I can say this; if we don’t sign a defender and striker and we don’t appoint a proven manager, I honestly don’t think I have the stomach to continue supporting the club.
Personally, I’ve had a belly full. This isn’t Newcastle United, there is nothing united about us at the moment.
All it would take is one or two home games of absolutely nobody at all turning up to force Ashley to listen or, god willing, to pack his bags and pi** off up to Glasgow.
Surely it’s time to unite and take our club back!?