But that is exactly what happened and now you have Alan Pardew dealing with a similar situation from 52,000 people each week. Every manager realizes what is at stake, but Pardew has the hardest management seat in all of England. Even Roy Hodgson is treated with more respect and the 3 Lions were a debacle in the World Cup.
Lets look at this statistic. Alan Pardew is the second longest serving manager in the top flight. Only Arsene Wenger has been a his post longer…Mr. Arsenal himself. Pardew is a man seen as the constant problem. When we couldn’t score it was his fault. When the defense was leaky, he was the reason…etc. Is he really that bad or are we just that difficult to please?
Lets look at Big Sam.Last year every West Ham United fan wanted him out and now they are knocking at Champions League football. All of sudden the air around West Ham has changed and he is again seen as a savior/mastermind. He was given the time and funds needed to succeed in the toughest league in the world and its paying dividends. Lets not forget his is still without his best player Andy Carroll, but also was shrewd enough is getting the midfield maestro Song from Barcelona. Now lets take a closer look at Pardew and the past few weeks.
In 3 weeks, Pardew has gone from a villain to a hero and all because he did what Newcastle fans want most……WIN! He beat a Leicester team that decimated Man United, a Spurs team loaded with talent away, manhandled City away and beat Liverpool at home. Three out of the four games should have been losses on paper, but they weren’t and the congratulations must be directed at least in part towards Pardew for his game planning and understanding of what team he must field to get the all important W! Yet, we want more now that we have tasted this success.
It is impossible to think that any team nowadays will ever complete the undefeated run Arsenal had some time ago. Alas, we as Newcastle fans expect nothing but top four and winning week in/week out. We should be at least proud of Pardew’s consistent positive views of the city, team and fans. He could have turned his back on us at any time. There were banners, websites, protests and even t-shirts made out for his sacking.
They said he wasn’t the man for the job. He lacked the class and touch someone like Sir Bobby had. However, I challenge any of us to play a team that spends at least 10x more than you each year in transfers with a youth based side and beat them away. He lives by his choices and he dies by his choices but Pardew sticks by them. He does not give excuses about his own tactical mistakes or faults. He is human as are all managers.
They choose their team and players. They put out a starting eleven with the best chance to win on that given day. Whether you agree or not with the selection, transfers or even ideology of a manager there must be an understanding and respect.
I applaud not only Newcastle for their dedication to not sacking Pardew, but to all clubs that give their managers adequate time in order to right the ship. Loyalty is not where it should be today but maybe just maybe Newcastle showed us it is still alive.