Mike Ashley will not have won many Newcastle United fans over with his appointment of Alan Pardew.
A poll led by Newcastle’s Evening Chronicle newspaper saw Pardew gained just 15 votes from over 1,000 voters and it seems the Toon Army have read into Pardew’s Premier League background.
In three seasons as a Premier League manager, Pardew had one good one when he led newly-promoted West Ham to ninth place in the 2005-06 season, and guided them to a FA Cup final appearance.
The following season Pardew led West Ham through their worst set of defeats in 70 years before being sacked on the 11th December 2006, but it is his time with Charlton that Newcastle fans should find worrying.
Pardew was appointed Charlton manager on Christmas Eve 2006 when the club lay in 19th place in the Premier League, despite his best efforts Charlton were relegated in the same season and then had a very poor 2007/08 Championship season.
Newcastle fans should be worried, and at 7/2 to be relegated, the Toon are a massive price and offer plenty of value.
Before the appointment of Pardew, Newcastle had Premier League relegation odds of 9/2, but the lack of confidence in Pardew’s ability is obvious in the betting market and Newcastle may be set for a plummet down the table over the Christmas period.
Newcastle face Liverpool at St James’ Park in Saturday evening’s televised game, and considering Liverpool’s poor away record, two wins away from home this year, Newcastle offer plenty of value at 11/4 to win.
But the euphoria of a win against Liverpool may not last long and Pardew has already been installed at 6/1 third favourite to be the next Premier League manager to get the sack.
Should Pardew get off to a bad start, Ashley will not be able to ignore a cacophony of protests from the Toon Army fans and Pardew faces a tough task winning over the disgruntled Geordies.
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