Pardew’s position untenable?

The Mike Williamson at the back post set-piece doesn’t work Alan. This is just one of the examples of how the seemingly tactically inept Alan Pardew’s position as manager may have finally become untenable after a shocking 4-0 defeat to Southampton.

Pardew’s position has been questioned from day one, and apart from one successful season, Pardew’s reign from 2010 has been far from successful.

It’s not quite the fact that Newcastle have won so little games of late, and none in the current season in fact, but it is more the fact that the club show no signs of improving and are arguably the worst team in the league to watch due to boring, frustrating and direct tactics that evidently don’t work, yet the same performance is churned in almost week in, week out, with the final result being anything but a win for Newcastle.

A lack of creativity, lack of ideas and lack of leadership coupled with Pardew’s falling out with players Hatem Ben Arfa, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Sylvain Marveaux have all contributed to the current shambles that is Newcastle United.

The demise of Pardew really began following the sale of talismanic midfielder Yohan Cabaye last season, which was followed by an unbelievable, disastrous run of results which saw United lose a record six games in a row. Calls for Pardew to be sacked were also a result of the club showing a lack of ambition by not replacing Cabaye.

But the latest summer transfer window has been different, with The Magpies making many major signings to complement the loss of Cabaye, but have they even strengthened? Siem De Jong was brought in from Ajax and Remy Cabella came in from Montpellier, with both players having big reputations, they are still yet to deliver, and De Jong has recently been ruled out for four months.

Other additions look ok, such as Jack Colback and Daryl Janmaat, but Manu Riviere, like De Jong and Cabella, has been far from convincing.

Despite the apparent strengthening that the club has done, it looks as though they have done anything but following their winless start to the season and the writing could be on the wall for Pardew following the club’s 4-0 capitulation at Southampton on Saturday as it is believed Pardew met with Ashley who was there watching the game, Pardew also cancelled his press conference after the game.

Fans protested at St Mary's on Saturday

Fans protested at St Mary’s on Saturday

Despite being out of favour for so long with the fans, his relationship with owner Mike Ashley has always seemed to be a good one and the meetings Pardew has had with Ashley have always seemed to be amicable as Pardew has always been believed to be a simple ‘yes man’ to Ashley after being brought in as manager in highly controversial circumstances in 2010 following the club’s sacking of the popular Chris Hughton.

But the questions are, does Ashley really think it is necessary to get rid of Pardew, and would Ashley be content with avoiding relegation? It’s clear there is a lack of ambition at the club, cup competitions aren’t priority, and with a respectable league position looking improbable, will Ashley look to hold on to Pardew in the hope of simply avoiding relegation. After all, Pardew is still under contract until 2020 and would cost Ashley a lot of money if he were to be sacked. It also looks very unlikely that Pardew will resign.

Mike Ashley watched on as fans chanted for Pardew to be sacked.

Mike Ashley heard the chants for Pardew to be sacked

He has been under pressure for a very long time though, but the club’s most recent defeat could be the final nail in the coffin, certainly in terms of the opinions of the fans. A recent survey showed that over 85% of Magpies fans want him sacked.

Odds have shortened on David Moyes replacing Pardew as he takes pole position in replacing him. Steve Bruce and Tony Pulis have also been linked to the job.

David Moyes is favourite to succeed Pardew