Another Derby loss was enough to tip the scales in favour of ‘Pardew out’ who could replace him and restore some pride Tyneside.
When Pardew was installed as manager just three days after fans favourite Chris Hughton was given the chop, there was an incredible amount of unrest and it’s fair to say that the vast majority tipped him to fail.
Pardew, however, became an initial success signing very good players at a very good price and taking Newcastle within touching distance of Europe.
The arrivals of Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse amongst others were impressing and Newcastle were playing well and winning games. At the end of the 11/12 season, the Wimbledon born manager won the prestigious ‘Premier League Manager of the Season’ becoming the first Newcastle manager in history to do so.
Mike Ashley acted fast to tie the former Southampton manager down, offering him an unprecedented 8 year contract extension which he signed on 27th September 2012.
Since then the only way has been down for Newcastle, who look shadows of the side that won Alan Pardew the manager of the season award. After a very under-whelming 12/13 season which saw them fight relegation and finish just 5 points above Wigan in 18th who were relegated, the unrest began to unravel.
This season Newcastle currently sit 11th in the division but performances have been below par and another loss to Sunderland has caused people to officially ask for his head. The decision to sack Pardew will not be one that Mike Ashley will take easily, reportedly his relationship with Pardew was one of the reasons he landed the job in the first place.
For most Newcastle fans enough is enough and they want to see fresh blood come through the door but who could Mike Ashley attract, especially to work under the former Nottingham Forest manager Joe Kinnear.
Harry Redknapp - The QPR manager could be enticed by a return to the Premier League and if the Newcastle job became available then it is certainly one I would expect ‘Arry to take seriously. Under the current set up, I imagine that he would demand changes and whether Ashley would comply or not is another story.
Sean Dyche – The current ‘trending’ manager in the Football League is one of my personal favourites. The no nonsense Kettering born man would certainly look forward to applying his trade in the Premier League, especially for a club the size of Newcastle. He may also be more flexible with the current set-up at the club making him more favourable in Mike Ashley’s eyes.
Uwe Rosler - The current Brentford manager and Manchester City legend has performed wonders for London club. The manager’s hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed and has already been linked to bigger jobs both up and down the countries. Could Mike Ashley be the man to pull the trigger on the promising German?
Dennis Bergkamp – The former Arsenal legend has hinted that he is ready to go into management and with ties to England, it would certainly be an attractive proposition for the Dutchman. He has been part of the very impressive work going on at Ajax introducing the youth and encouraging ‘total-football’. The widely-respected figure would be a popular decision that could appease the pressure on the ownership, at least in the short-term.
Do you think Pardew should be sacked/resign? And who should replace him as manager?
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