The opportunity knocks for Pardew, all won’t be forgiven by any stretch of the imagination but a derby win will give him around 10 games without any pressure and go some way to rebuilding his reputation with the fans.
I wasn’t impressed with Debuchy since January but had confidence he would come on, however he put in one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen in a Newcastle shirt. Is he really better than Simpson? Does Pardew know how to get the best out of him? Or simply the most likely answer, his heart isn’t in it.
There is no benefit for Ashley to invest heavily in the playing squad for 5 years time when he could sell tomorrow. You have to look at it from his mindset to understand why we are where we are. Spending 50 million to try and challenge for top 4 to get the benefit of 50 million in extra revenue in the short-term makes no sense to him.