It’s not often that managers in English football survive the wrath of impatient fans, owners and sometimes a combination of the two.
It’s not often that managers in English football survive the wrath of impatient fans, owners and sometimes a combination of the two. Alan Pardew has tested the theory and lies in the relegation places after a poor start to the season. Mike Ashley continues to support the man he appointed in 2010, hoping to revive the club’s successes at the start of the decade.
Alan Pardew has been the manager of Newcastle United for nearly 4 years and had led the Toon Army to ecstasy and bewilderment. An unstable and unreliable Magpies side is owed a season of stability after the roller coaster ride of recent years.
Now Newcastle’s faithful are calling for Pardew to depart from St James’ Park.
Pardew took the club confidently into the Europa League in his first full season grabbing the Manager of the Year prize along the way. This was to be forgotten due to a season of disappointment to follow.
A 16th place finish in 2013 angered the supporters who believed a side of such quality should do better. Last season was just as disappointing. Despite a six game losing streak and a lack of morale, the North East outfit managed to achieve a mid-table finish.
Ashley is clearly patient of his Manager as he has given him a large transfer kitty to dive into. The side has lost players like Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy and brought plentiful replacements for their previous stars.
The Dutchman Daryl Janmaat has bolstered defence with midfield aided by Remy Cabella, Siem de Jong and the controversial signing of Jack Colback from Sunderland. The goals they crave set to be scored by Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra have not been delivered.
Newcastle United are currently awaiting their first victory and lie bottom of the table.
Loss of patience with fans
With their new signings, Newcastle are predicted to challenge in the top-half of the Premier League table. This new-look side has failed to deliver or gel comfortably and the club looks in danger of relegation. Booing is a regular occurrence and can be expected to feature even more.
The fingers have been pointed at Mike Ashley as the fans want his head out of the club’s picture. But Ashley has cleared the clubs monumental debts and his signings got the club European football.
They have now strengthened the club further so Pardew will need to start getting the results they crave. No ultimatum has been set so far as the pair have a good working relationship, much to the annoyance of the Toon Army.
For the sake of the club, they will have to deliver the goods immediately if Alan Pardew is to remain the manager of Newcastle. He has taken the club to a top five finish so won’t want to throw away his proven ability.
But if the club continues to deteriorate beneath the rest of the sides, then a new start seems the best possible move.
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