A poor start to the season, a loss at Manchester City and a goalless draw at home to West Ham, has heaped the pressure on Pardew who has yet to see his side find the back of the net so far in 180 minutes of football.
One of his best players has reportedly refused to play so far this season after a bid was made last week by Arsenal. Yohan Cabaye seemingly wants to force a move through to the Emirates despite Alan Pardew stating he is not for sale.
They have a chance to get a win under their belts tonight in the Capital One Cup away to League 2 Morecambe. The Shrimps knocked out Wolves in the last round and in front of their own fans at the Globe Arena they will be looking to pull off another shock.
If they manage to knock out their Premier League side this evening then it could be very damaging to Alan Pardew, who could find himself out of a job if they continue their current form. We saw last season when Bradford beat Arsenal and Aston Villa in their run to the Capital One Cup final. So Newcastle need to be on guard.
I don’t necessarily think he’ll be sacked with a loss tonight but there will be a huge amount riding on the weekend’s game at home to Fulham, if a win escapes him there then the writing could be on the wall.
With the type of players he has brought in over the past two seasons the fans should expect much better of their side, they finished 5th in 2011/12 and narrowly avoided relegation last year.
A team full of internationals, players that are up to the standard of the Premier League should really unfortunately the blame would lie firmly with the manager. If Pardew can’t get the best out of his players then Mike Ashley will have to think about a replacement who can, despite the 8-year contract he gave to Pardew.
It will be a big week for Newcastle and Pardew - And they dare not be the victim of a famous cup shock.
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