I don’t think anyone can now seriously make a case for Alan Pardew remaining as Newcastle United manager. It has passed the point of no return. You know it, I know it, Mike Ashley knows it and Alan Pardew knows it. All that is keeping Pardew in the job must be the terms of the ridiculous eight year contract given to him not so long ago by the man who now has the responsibility of bringing the whole sorry farce to a conclusion.
Forget all the bollocks from Pardew about him continuing to “fight” being “professional” or any of that baloney. Its all about the terms ofhis compensation package. I would hope Pardew and Ashley can get around a table this week and agree it’s not working, reach some kind of agreement about money, shake hands and get it over and done with.
I can understand Ashley’s reticence to pay a manager off who in his eyes has failed miserably, particularly when he has paid off Allardyce, Keegan, Hughton, Wise and Kinnear from big jobs at St James’ park but if he doesn’t and he doesn’t do it quickly then a lot more money will be lost because this team will be relegated undwer Pardew.
I don’t apportion blame with 100% with Pardew. That would be nonsensical. The real responsibility lies with Ashley. He is the one who has the club cut to the bone and he is the one who makes the mental decisions. It is a fair question amidst the rage – who would work for Ashley? Well, likely no-one with any choices to go anywhere else half decent but to give ourselves a chance, Ashley has to sack Pardew and appoint someone who can bring some energy to the club. Hopefully it won’t be some chancer like Venables or the terminally irritating Steve Bruce (extremely unlikely as compensation would have to be made) but I’m not getting my hopes raised it will be anyone with any real and decent credentials.
I think we can pretty much forget David Moyes. His stock has not fallen that far, that quickly to agree to sign off his credibility by working for Mike Ashley.
Its over for Pardew. Everyone knows it but only Ashley can put him out of his and our misery. He just has to go.
Whether Ashley’s beer talking in the Golden Lion in Soho last Friday night makes it more or less likely Pardew will be binned this week, I really don’t know. But I do know this was another episode which was crass and clueless like so many others. When will this man just do what everyone wants, sell Newcastle United and give us a chance with someone else.
Newcastle United has a big question to answer with regards to Jonas Guitteraz and how the lad has been treated by the club. This was a player who was virtually undroppable by Pardew but who it seems was rejected by the club when his cancer became known. Its stated Jonas was told to go away. He did go away, to Norwich and since his return he has been back in Argentina.
Something doesn’t smell right about United at the moment and however much I loathe the people running our club, like many others, I can’t bear the thought of Jonas being so shamefully treated.
But I do fear the worst.
Something isn’t going to plan. United have progressed through two rounds of the League Cup and now has an unenvious trip to Man City. No-one gives us a prayer, which is understandable. Being a contrary bastard, I haven’t written us off. I’m old enough to know better as well.
So, we hear United requested the lower tier of the away end at Stoke be kept vacant in order to reduce the visibility of protests at how our club is being run. United also brought in extra stewards to confiscate leaflets and posters ahead of the Hull game provided by the sackpardew.com people. And people reckon Ashley isn’t bothered by protesting fans?
Swansea away this weekend. It’s a daunting trip to the Premier League’s best run football club. If Stoke wasn’t Pardew’s last game then surely Swansea will be.
Anyway, it’s all rubbish right now, the club will bleed to death if the big issue of the day isn’t dealt with.
Keep On, Keepin’ On …
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