Ex-Leeds hero warns Newcastle could follow Fulham with Pardew sacking

Lee Bowyer believes Newcastle should keep faith in Alan Pardew unless they want to follow Fulham and Wolves out the Premier League.

Bowyer spent three years at St James’ park as a player, making 98 appearances between 2003 and 2006.

He is well known for spells with West Ham and Charlton, although he made a name for himself at Leeds United, playing over 250 times and winning his only cap for England whilst turning out for the Whites.

His time with Newcastle was not overly productive, and he is infamously remembered for his on-pitch brawl with teammate Kieron Dyer more than anything. However, he is still appreciated by the Toon faithful - although his most recent remarks certainly go against the grain.

Despite a large section of the Magpies crowd wishing to see Alan Pardew dismissed from his role as manager after just one win in eight games this Premier League season, Bowyer believes the club should keep faith in the coach who led them to a fifth placed finish in 2012.

Speaking to the Chronicle, the 37-year-old said: “He [Pardew] knows the Premier League inside out, he knows the players and if you get rid of him. Who are you going to bring in? Who will he replace him with?”

Bowyer used the examples of Fulham and Wolves with how the Magpies could end up if they dismiss Pardew after just eight games played this season.

He added: “Look at Fulham - they were an established club, then had three managers in a year, it was ridiculous.

“Now they are struggling in the Championship.

“Look at Wolves. Mick McCarthy, he’s an established Premier League manager and knew the place inside out, he was really experienced.

“They got rid and the next thing they’re in League One.”

With Mike Ashley’s history of making rash appointments at Newcastle, with Joe Kinnear and Dennis Wise spending ill-fated spells at St James’ Park, the cub would be wise to listen to Bowyer - and keep faith in Pardew for the remainder of the season.

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