Ex-NUFC manager set to land shock Premier League job? – Surely not…

Former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is now odds-on favourite to become the new Fulham manager – despite winning just THREE games in 21 attempts during his miserable stint with West Brom last season.

The cottagers find themselves bottom of the Premier League with a dreadful return of 5 points from their opening 12 games and after an outlay of over £100m on new players in the summer, boss Slaviša Jokanović is rightly under pressure.

If he is to be sacked, doing so during the international break would make sense – but what wouldn’t, surely, is turning to former Toon boss Pardew.

Pardew did finish 5th during his stint on Tyneside as he enjoyed the classic ‘Pardew bounce’ – a sharp upturn in results after joining a new club before it going badly wrong from there. Something I am sure Crystal Palace, Reading, Southampton and West Ham fans will agree with.

However, he didn’t even have this at West Brom and effectively took them down after they finished mid-table the previous season.

He talks a good game but quite why a club in trouble would turn to a manager who was given a similar role last year, and failed miserably, is beyond me.

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About Simon Riddlesden

Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.

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