Defeat to Arsenal has left many calling for Alan Pardew’s head with Newcastle United on a run of six straight losses in the Premier League and if the club was looking for the perfect time to swing the axe, it is most certainly now.
That’s because, with Pardew gone, there is suddenly a vacancy at the club that would be ideal for one man and one man only – David Moyes. Currently holidaying following his Manchester United exit, the Scot has all the attributes to keep everyone on Tyneside smiling.
Can work effectively to a budget
Pardew has been given a difficult job to do at Newcastle with the club expecting results on the pitch alongside minimal transfer spending off it. Alongside this, the manager has had to work with a number of diamonds in the rough, effectively getting the best out of them and selling them on for a profit as evidenced with Demba Ba and Yohann Cabaye.
Moyes would be more than adept at this, however, having previously worked under such constraints at Everton with Bill Kenwright. During his time at the club Moyes brought through Wayne Rooney and made the likes of Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distain great Premier League players, as well as introducing us to Seamus Coleman and John Stones.
Brings consistency to the club in the league
Two seasons ago Newcastle flirted with the idea of Champions League football before ultimately finishing with a Europa League spot. That proved to be their undoing last term but in Moyes they would have a manager who has previously juggled European and domestic commitments and can offer the club the chance at competing in both consistently.
Moyes’ Everton finished in the top eight of the Premier League in nine of the seasons he was in charge, qualifying for the Europa League on numerous occasions and even flirting with a place in the Champions League reaching the qualifying round, all while playing on a budget.
A disciplinarian by trade and in practice
Pardew’s position at the club has been further undermined by recent spats involving fellow players. While the situation surrounding Hatem Ben Arfa may not be all the Toon boss’s doing, news that club captain Fabricio Coloccini was at the heart of another row makes for concerning reading if you are a Magpies fan.
Moyes may not have commanded the same authority at Old Trafford, but at Everton he was an established disciplinarian who was not afraid of clashing with egotistical or troublesome players and, if needs be, severing ties with them as Andy van der Meyde and Royston Drenthe would attest.
Capable of putting together a cup run
One of the biggest gripes for many Toon fans this season has been the lack of a cup run at the club. Putting together a few wins, or at the very least reaching a stage of the competition where they may have exited to a bigger side would have done wonders for Pardew’s popularity, as it did previously when under-fire manager Graeme Souness guided the club to a famous FA Cup win over Chelsea.
David Moyes may not be a cup expert, but having reached the final of the 2009 edition with victory over Manchester United on penalties, he does know what it takes to go far in this competition and, were it not for a first half capitulation against Wigan in the quarter-finals last season, could have been celebrating even more success in the tournament.
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