Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is coming under increasing pressure according to various newspapers.
The Magpies currently sit comfortably in midtable in ninth position in the Premier League, yet certain sections of the media are suggesting that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley could be about to sack Pardew.
Former-Southampton boss Alan Pardew is not everybody’s cup of tea. He occasionally comes across as arrogant or over-confident, when sometimes he has no cause for such an attitude.
However, love him or hate Alan Pardew has done a very decent job at St James Park against a backdrop of behind-the-scenes fiascos.
Pardew has kept Newcastle on a relatively stable footing in recent years, when the Magpies hierarchy are clearly attempting to do their best to destroy the club from within with ridiculous decisions. Owner Mike Ashley only seems interested in moving the club forward for financial reasons.
According to one newspaper report the Magpies owner has not been to a Newcastle game in six months and is apparently looking to sell the club.
The worse decision of them all from Mike Ashley had to be the one to hire former-Wimbledon boss Joe Kinnear as director of football, which at the time of his appointment seemed to undermine Pardew completely.
Joe Kinnear’s appointment was met with bemusement by most people, including the majority of Magpies fans. Kinnear was brought in to help the club recruit players, a task which he failed in.
The veteran former-Wimbledon boss left February earlier this month, after not only managing to not bring any fresh faces to the club, he also oversaw the sale of the Magpies star midfielder Yohan Cabaye to PSG, so he did a good job all round, for Newcastle’s rivals that is!
The appointment of Joe Kinnear has summed-up the way that Newcastle have gone about their business in recent years.
In football terms Newcastle have stood still. Just when the Magpies looked to be moving forward earlier this season before they sold Cabaye. The French international was the key player in that good run of form, which gave Toon fans hope that they might challenge for the European places.
The Magpies have not won any of the last four games, losing three of them. The north east team have suffered heavy home defeats against arch-rivals Sunderland and Tottenham and also a heavy defeat at Chelsea.
The recent defeats mean that Newcastle are in midtable limbo in the Premier League table. The Magpies are unlikely to make the European places, but they also look like a team unlikely to be dragged into the relegation zone.
Newcastle’s only really signings in the summer and January transfer windows were loan ones with strikers Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong arriving at St James Park. Remy has found the net 11 times in the Premier League this season.
De Jong has made three appearances for the Magpies since his January arrival from Bundesliga club Monchengladbach. Maybe the Magpies could have pushed on this season had they brought in some fresh faces in the January transfer window.
Instead Mike Ashley was happy with his club to be in midtable mediocrity for the rest of this season and maybe beyond. It seems that Ashley is unwilling to spend any money in improving the clubs playing resources.
The Newcastle fans have suffered for the love of their club at times and amongst the best supporters in the country. Newcastle United is the hub of their city and the supporters are very proud of the football club.
However, the Newcastle fans have been starved of success for decades and they deserve better than the way the current regime are treating them.
Newcastle are lucky to have Alan Pardew as manager, I never thought I would ever write those words. Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr have ensured that Newcastle still have a competitive team.
Pardew is unfortunate that he lost Cabaye and could not spend any of the funds on new additions to strengthen his squad and team. I doubt there are many managers that could do a better job than Pardew under the current restraints.
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