First off, I know the subject of whether Alan Pardew should be sacked or not has been well debated and discussed over recent weeks but I thought I would put finger to keyboard anyway and look at the various viewpoints everyone has put forward.
Go – Sack him now – This is pretty self-explanatory and really seems to be the popular choice from a large section of our fan base.
At this stage of the season, I would say that this is a very low risk option. It will give us plenty of time to find a new manager and would allow us to have a full pre-season under the new manager.
Stay – Give him another chance – Well this is a slightly less popular option but there is a small segment of fans that think he deserves another chance based on the exploits from his first full season in charge.
His record shows that he has had one good season and one bad, it is as simple as that. If you remove all the excuses both good and bad, the fact remains that both seasons have been the polar opposite when it comes to ladder positions and points. So if he is given a third season, he may turn things around and we see some improvement and some solid results. Who knows, stranger things have happened!
No one likes a managerial revolving door where managers are replaced as soon as things go bad. I think it is pretty safe to say that most fans like the idea that the club wants a long term manager and stability but it has to be the right man. Given our track record and the large amount of distrust of our owners, many fans fear that we will simply get another average manager in if Pardew is indeed sacked.
I must admit that I fall into this category and I really can’t see Newcastle United going after a top manager for the foreseeable future. To sack Pardew now and replace him with another manager that has not got an impressive CV and a proven track record would be a step backward as far as I am concerned.
What also concerns me is that Pardew retains his position and we start the 2013/14 season off poorly. If Mike Ashley then decides enough is enough and sacks Pardew ten games into the new campaign we will be in a disastrous position! I am not sure how many top flight managers will be available, the only ones around are generally the ones that have been out of work for some time. This thought hardly breeds confidence going forward.
A part of me really wants to stick with Pardew to see if he can turn things around but another part fears that if he is not removed now, we will miss out on a chance to recruit a manager of some repute. I would love to see our owners show some real desire to grow the club and move it forward. It is not just about buying more players it is about showing the fans that they are serious by putting a top man in the managers seat.
So summarise all of the above; the old jaded Newcastle fan in me says that we will stick with Pardew and if he is replaced it will be early into to next season when it is too late to get a good replacement. But the smaller wishful thinking part of me hopes that the owners of Newcastle will prove me wrong and sack Pardew and proactively look to bring a top new manager.
This all sounds a little cold and callous, Pardew is not a bad man but the past six months of football has really made me struggle to keep supporting him.
There will be interesting times going forward that is for sure! How do you think it will play out?
Aussie Magpie Fan