Former Newcastle defender comes to Pardew’s defence

Steve Howey has said that Magpies boss Alan Pardew is being ‘hung out to dry’ by the club’s owners and faces the sack.

Newcastle fans will have looked forward to this season with a new sense of optimism after saying goodbye to a forgettable 2012-13 campaign. However, with a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City on the opening day and speculation over key playmaker Yohan Cabaye’s future, it is not looking rosy on Tyneside.

The pressure is immediately on Magpies boss Alan Pardew, who has seen Joe Kinnear brought to the North East club this summer as a director of football. The former Charlton boss’ position of power at the St James’ Park outfit appears to be slipping, with the team’s performances on the pitch sure to be under intense scrutiny in coming weeks.

Former Newcastle defender Steve Howey, who made 191 appearances over 11 years for the club, has come to Pardew’s defence.

"Pardew looks fed up, he’s on his own,” Howey stated.

“It looks as though he’s being hung out to dry.

"The owner is basically saying: ‘It’s my team, I own the club, you get on with it’, and whoever is in that situation will really struggle.

“His hands have been tied, and if Alan Pardew does get the sack it would be horrendous for Newcastle.

“When a manager gets sacked, at least they can turn around and say they did it their way. But he doesn’t really have a say in what goes on at the club at all, apart from picking the team.”

Kinnear’s role at the football club still looks rather undetermined. His appointment came as something of a surprise, while his comments to the media in the following weeks were embarrassing. The former Wimbledon boss stated that he would play a major role in the club’s transfer policy – an area that has failed to come to fruition over a frustrating off-season.

Pardew was the main reason that Newcastle overachieved and ended up in fifth place in the 2011-12 campaign, as the manager brought the best out of his players and built their confidence. The problem is, though, that football fans and especially club owners have short memories, and the heroics of two seasons ago will count for nothing should Newcastle start slowly again this term after a 16th place finish last season.

Newcastle have winnable games against West Ham, Fulham, Aston Villa and Hull in their next four Premier League fixtures. The Tyneside outfit need to record some victories, especially in their home games, or Pardew could well be the first managerial casualty of the new season.

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