Newcastle set to name Pardew as manager despite 2% approval rating from fans

Good grief.

Alan Pardew

98% of Newcastle fans are going to be mighty disappointed tomorrow morning, as rumours abound former West Ham boss Alan Pardew is set to slide into the managerial hotseat at St. James Park.

According to the Guardian, in a poll run by local Geordie newspaper the Evening Chronicle only 14 United fans out of 1,000+ backed Pardew’s appointment. Martin O’Neill received the most support, with 42.8% of the vote.

Previous favourite Martin Jol distanced himself from the job yesterday, with Mike Ashley unable to provide any assurances over how much money the Dutchman would be allowed to piss up the wall.

So it looks like Newcastle will take to the field against Liverpool on Saturday with a manager neither fans nor players want and a chairman they despise.

Looks like the fun’s over for this season, Toon fans.

7 responses so far
  • Lyle // December 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Laughable if it wasn’t so sad!

  • petemoon // December 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I really enjoy when Toon are a competitive club in the top flight. The Premiership really needs that.
    That said, as a hammer, I couldn´t be happier!
    One more club bound to give us more chances of survival!
    Thanks a lot Ashley!

  • CC // December 8, 2010 at 7:48 pm


    It will take more than just us tumbling down the league to give you lot a chnce of survival….

  • Dazinho // December 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    A triumph of mediocrity over stability.

    He walked out on Reading to force a move to West Ham. It took him two season to get them promoted (via the play-offs), and was then sacked after West Ham’s worst run in the top flight for seventy years.

    He then guided Charlton to relegation from the premiership, and despite having a strong squad and money to spend couldn’t finish higher than eleventh. He was sacked from Southampton for failing to get them promoted and being on bad terms with largely everyone.

    This is a man who has publicly stated his interest in other team’s players, disparaged West Ham fans on video, participated in an on-field brawl and commented on Michael Essien ‘raping’ Ched Evans on MotD.

    That’s the ‘man’ you’re getting, Toon fans. I haven’t forgiven Newcastle for fat Mick Quinn standing on Jim Leighton’s foot in a blatant attempt to cheat in the 1990 FA Cup run, and even I think you deserve better than that.

  • Avram Magic // December 9, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Dazinho – can’t help thinking you missed something out between “took him two seasons to get them promoted” and “was then sacked after West Ham’s worst run in the top flight for seventy years” – the small part where he gave us our most enjoyable season since 1986!

    That said, I don’t think he’s done enough since mastering his own downfall at West Ham and screwing up Charlton to justify getting this job, especially at the expense of Hughton, though it was sad that he was axed by Southampton when finally getting himself back on track.

  • Dazinho // December 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    @Avram Magic

    Well said. The Toon were under the impression they were getting a big name with premiership experience, and this is what they get.

    I remember in the nineties when Everton were looking for a new manager and the board promised them a huge, massive name, then went and appointed Howard Kendall for about the twenty-fourth time. “Well, ‘Howard Kendall’ does have thirteen letters” one fan quipped.

  • polo shirts // March 3, 2011 at 6:46 am

    The story was good.

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