Niall McIntyre discusses the trials and tribulations of Alan Pardew’s time at Newcastle United.
Topsy turvy, wishy washy, upside down and all around. There is no other way to describe the dishevelled order of life in the cauldron of St James’ Park. The tumultuous nature of Alan Pardew’s reign over Newcastle shows no signs of abating, as his side perservere in combining the sublime with the ridiculous.
This sense of instability is epitomized by last night’s wondrous 2-0 triumph over Manchester city, the current champions of England, as the fortunes of the Toon Army appear to yet again be on the verge of taking a twist for the better.
The sense of inconsistency that has riddled Pardew’s four year reign at the club is quite simply, baffling. The poor early season form which led to unmerciful callings for Pardew’s head is now being overshadowed as the Geordie club’s struggles appear to be waning, let the good times roll.
So, how can we even attempt to explain this inexplicable sense of variability? One could suggest that the flurry of players acquired by Alan Pardew over the summer would induce a bedding in period which is, to an extent, acceptable as players begin to find their feet and the collective bond begins to develop.
However, this is not just a recent phenomenon for Newcastle, throughout Pardew’s reign unpredictability has lingered. On the back of Pardew’s controversial and well publicised altercation with David Meyler last March, his Newcastle side struggled in a well pronounced manner as they managed to assemble the grand total of just eight points from a possible 42; scoring nine times and conceding 29 goals. Those are damning statistics.
However, despite the ongoing protests from Newcastle fans, this writer honestly feels that Pardew should be spared the axe as he has somehow managed to salvage parity (albeit in a dramatic manner) under the chaotic and undoubtedly degrading rule of Mike Ashley.
Pardew has to this day managed to plough on in the minefield that is Mike Ashley.
Niall McIntyre, Pundit Arena.