Alan Pardew is to be given more time at the helm of Newcastle United, much to the chagrin of a section of their support.
The ChronicleLive reports that Pardew will not be let go should the Magpies improve their Premier League fortunes and that he may even be given funds to improve his squad in the January window if he can get his side to a mid-table position.
This latest story doesn’t tell us much of what we don’t already know but it is hard to see the results of Newcastle changing without some new faces coming into the side. Newcastle are currently experiencing a terrible start to the Premier League. They are without a win and find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Premier League with just three points.
For a club with such a passionate and vociferous support base it is not hard to see why frustrations are being taken out on the manager at each game. For a club like Newcastle it is expected they challenge for Europe but instead they are now already facing into a relegation battle.
Plenty of strikers were signed in the transfer window with goals being a clear area where Newcastle struggled last term, but their impact has been small thus far. Papiss Cisse who was already at the club before the summer is the only striker to have scored so far for Newcastle with two strikes at the weekend in the Magpies 2-2 draw against Hull City.
Barely scraping a draw against Hull isn’t going to endear Pardew to the Newcastle fans and board however. As the cliché goes, football is a results business and as results go the North East club aren’t getting any better quickly. They will come up against a confident Crystal Palace side on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup following the London club’s win over Everton at the weekend.
Although this cup isn’t a key concern for the club’s hierarchy, according to The Chronicle, anything less than a win will frustrate the frustrated minority, or majority, of Newcastle fans even further.
A lot can be done in a transfer window but from the results Newcastle have had so far this season it could be a long hard slog through the winter months for the Magpies.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.