It seems as if for the past 2 and a half years Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been hanging on to his job by a thread, and despite a 1-0 defeat away to Stoke on Monday night that leaves his side 19th in the Premier League, Pardew is still expected to lead his side going into Saturday’s fixture away at Swansea City.
The pressure on Pardew has intensified immensely as Newcastle still hunt for their first league win of the season. Despite remaining in the job for the time being, Pardew is not under the illusion that his job is entirely safe and he bravely stated after Monday’s contest that there was a “big question” about his position at the club.
Newcastle United fans have struggled to find any sympathy for the 53 year old as he has struggled to cover himself in glory after an impressive first full season at the club where they finished 7th and Pardew himself won the Premier League Manager of the Season Award, the first in Newcastle United’s history.
Since his immediate success he has lead Newcastle to a 10th place finish last season and a 16th place finish the season before. Yes, he has maintained Newcastle’s top flight status, but for a club of Newcastle’s stature he is failing to challenge for European competition and most importantly, he is failing to take the club forward.
Pardew has always had a unique quality of always finding himself in trouble, which his most controversial moment in management coming last season whern he directed a head-butt at Hull City midfielder David Meyler which resulted in a 3 game stadium ban followed by a 4 game touchline ban, in a particularly difficult period for the Toon Army which left them hanging above the relegation places.
With the recent run of results and performances, it is hard to imagine Pardew turning the situation around in his favour. A lack of confidence amongst the players in Monday’s performance was evident and they struggled in the final third in particular, with Jack Colback’s late miss capping off a truly harrowing night for his side.
The clubs owner earlier Mike Ashley this week was reportedly caught telling a journalist that if Newcastle were to lose against Stoke that Pardew would find himself out the door, but he said that his comments were not to be taken seriously, but despite this misunderstanding, Ashley’s patience has to be wearing thin.
Pardew’s position now looks untenable and it seems as if it is a question of when is he going to be dismissed rather than will he? It will take a miracle for fans to stop campaigning for his sacking and with a squad riddled with poor form and a lack of confidence it looks as if Pardew could be the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season once the weekend is over.
Pardew is 2/5 with BetVictor to be the next manager out the door.
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