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Time Is Running Out For Alan Pardew At Newcastle United

Monday 13th October 2014
With no league wins this season, the Newcastle United faithful have begun to get restless and Manager, Alan Pardew, is taking the blame. Loud and visible protests have taken place since the Magpies' shameful display in a 4-0 defeat at Southampton back in September, but are they justified?

When Alan Pardew was given the chance to manage Newcastle in December 2010 it followed the harsh sacking of Chris Hughton, who had overseen the Club's return to the Premier League. Due to the surprise of Hughton's departure and Pardew's hit and miss managerial record, the natives at St James' Park immediately questioned the awarding of a 5 and a half year deal by Chairman, and friend of the new Manager, Mike Ashley.

Any early doubts had been dispelled by the end of the 2011/12 season which saw Pardew become the first Newcastle United boss to win the Premier League Manager of the Season award, followed by the LMA Manager of the Year award. He was, and still remains, the only English Manager to win both accolades in a season. This huge achievement led to the awarding of a new, 8 year contract but since then the standard of performances has slipped.

Newcastle's form in 2014 has seen them take just 18 points from 69 available which, at any level, is form akin to a team fighting against the threat of relegation. However, the start of 2014 saw them lose their key playmaker and Captain, Yohan Cabaye, to Paris Saint Germain and without any direct replacement sourced by a rudderless recruitment team led by Joe Kinnear, form suffered badly.

The season won't just be remembered for poor results but also some of Pardew's inexcusable touchline behaviour in which he aimed a volley of abuse at Manuel Pellegrini and used his head in butting David Meyler, two incidents that may and possibly should have seen the Manager lose his job.

Since then, fans have struggled to accept the credibility of the man in charge and after just 5 wins in the league this year, they feel his time is up, even going as far as the creation of the sackpardew.com website and organising campaigns at home matches.

The question though is whether protesting against a Manager so overtly at games, helps the cause? When a crowd of around 50,000 turns on the individual in charge of the team, it can only negatively impact the players' performances. Alan Pardew is not deliberately trying to do a bad job and oversee a team playing poorly and for his misdemeanours, he appears to conduct himself well and continually work hard to improve results. 

Of course, the run of results being produced at the moment is dismal and paying fans have a right to voice their frustration but to subject another person to the level of vitriol currently hanging around St James' Park seems naive and misguided. Pardew is not going to sack himself, he is a proud man who won't have considered resigning and the Chairman, who holds the power to make a change, has already shown he is unwilling to listen to his loyal customers. An ignorance that doesn't just anger, but deeply offends and upsets Newcastle supporters.

It cannot be argued that Newcastle United are one of the great, traditional English clubs and rightly, the fans expect more than to be scrapping for survival. But if the best players are sold against the Manager's wishes and then replaced with signings that, reportedly, are not ratified by Pardew it is not a formula conducive with winning football matches.

Unfortunately for Alan, despite his endeavour and desperation to silence his doubters, he will always be a symbol of Mike Ashley and the “Cockney Mafia” regime now associated with the once prestigious Sports Direct Arena. It is clearly a matter of when, not if, he is to leave the club from the fans point of view and even in the event of Newcastle winning 10 games in a row, Pardew would struggle to find any credit being directed his way by the disenchanted locals.
James Dean
A lover of football. Season ticket holder at Sheffield Wednesday and known as the "Andrea Pirlo of the North".

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