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So Pardew is the man. What can we expect?

A cloud of depression has descended over Tyneside with the most underwhelming appointment since Souness. Ashley has done it again, following up the appointment of Joe Kinnear two seasons ago with somebody else out of work, and with apparently little hope of finding a job elsewhere.

Pardew`s record does include 2 promotions, Reading to the second tier, and West Ham precariously to the Premier League via the play offs. He did after all have five attempts at getting into the Premier League, failing at Reading, failing twice at Charlton before leaving them in a relegation position from the 2nd tier, and with a worse Premier League record than Hughton had, also leaving West Ham in a relegation position.

Hughton has the highest win ratio and lowest loss ratio of any permanent manager in Newcastle history, has the highest transfer surplus, is the first to go through a season unbeaten in all competitions at home, has developed a home grown talent into an England shirt (the first since Keegan) as well as two other teenage internationals, been the first manager to obtain promotion in the first season after relegation.

Last summer, Chris Hughton faced a difficult cash situation. During the Championship campaign, Ashley has subsidised the club with further loans. The more hardened Newcastle supporters might point out that this was a situation of his own creation.

It was suggested that guarantees had already been made for the income derived from transfer installments from significant sales. These include the likes of Milner, Bassong, Martins and to a lesser extent, Duff and Beye, with owen and Viduka out of contract.

A Hughton inspired return to the Premier League has generated a significant increase in revenue, potentially to over £100m this season. Wages were reduced from a high of over £70m to around £40m at the start of this season. Ashley is known to want to finance signings from current revenue streams, rather than the previous system of "capital" expenditure, or funding from future revenue streams.

Put quite simply, from having little spare cash in the summer, there could be as much as £20m in the pot, as well as an overdraft facility, to be made available to the new manager.

It might be a clue to the thinking of the club`s hierarchy that Newcastle were the only club to submit their Premier League squad list in the order of players` contract renewals. Steve Taylor`s has been the highest profile contract that is up at the end of this season.

The immediate concern is which players who had been supported by Hughton in those difficult times will now want to leave. The strength of Hughton`s legacy is in the attractiveness of the squad to other Premier League clubs.

Already, Enrique has allegedly been tracked by Spurs, the newest England international Carroll wanted all around the country, Steve Taylor, contract rebel, also a long term target for top clubs. Jonas may be in Liverpool`s sights with a host of other saleable assets.

Timing suggests a hidden agenda by the board. New long term contracts have been given to promising younger players, some of which were soon to be out of contract. Tim Krul and Nile Ranger have been tied down for 5 years under a popular coach. Mike Williamson is added to that list. Was this to keep them for the long term, or merely to ensure a decent price?

We also have the enigma of Joey Barton. It was widely reported that Ashley wanted to offload after his early morning assault led to an inconvenient conviction. At the time Keegan rightly made a strong case for the player`s rehabilitation, only for perceived violent tendencies to resurface under Shearer when sent off at Liverpool, and most recently t St James` against Blackburn. There may be more to his mystery injury last weekend.

Ashley is also known to want to change the wage structure. Contracts due in 2012 include long serving Harper and Ameobi, with the high earning Smith and Barton, other older players in Lovenkrands and Campbell, the younger Guthrie, new internationals Kadar and Vuckic.

Also in 2012, after recent test cases, the likes of Jonas, Coloccini and Nolan will be in a position to buy out their contracts, diminishing their value in the market place.

Ashley`s plan clearly involves restructuring the squad, and was obviously unprepared to do so with Hughton at the helm. In Pardew, he has a man with a close relationship to Chairman Llambias. Hughton was an honourable man who stood up for his players and had that loyalty reciprocated. Pardew`s loyalty will be to Llambias, after all, he will not get much support from the Tyneside public.

So there we have it, a manager with a big job to do. The January window will provide some cash to bring in new blood. Out with the old and in with the new. Players who have supported Hughton in the press may be the first to feel the backlash, but if they go, they will be welcomed back by the Geordie public.

We can expect Pardew to act quickly, after all, being friendly with Llambias, he will have had plenty of time to identify his targets. Perhaps, having managed Tevez and Mascherano at West Ham, we can expect to see more of the sort of deals that brought Gonzalez to Newcastle. Maybe, just maybe, the Wise, Jimenez, Vetere connection is not dead after all.

Just a few tips to Alvin Peardrop following his press conference - if you are going to undermine the previous manager, please have the respect to get his name right, Newcastle is a city, not a town, and no, we are not taken in by your Premier League record of one club down, and one left in the clutches of relegation.

If you think you have five and a half years to up your game, you haven't. If you are meeting the players tomorrow, you have to up it now.

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The Journalist

Writer: Rexn  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 9 2010

Time: 11:57AM

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Johnston's paint trophy...again for Pardew?
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09/12/2010 11:59:00

What a farce. Yet another clown who won't last 18 months at St James's Park. Why do Newcastle United keep making these utterly disastrous managerial appointments? The thing about this club is that they give the job to managers who we the fans KNOW without any doubt, right from day one are not good enough and will only take the club backwards. Souness, Allardyce, Kinnear and now Pardew, when will it ever end? Ashley has really plumbed the depths this time. A Premiership club bringing in a manager whose most recent job was in the third tier of English football but not only that, he was SACKED from that job. It makes the appointment of Fat Joe Kinnear a couple of years ago look like a major coup. This appointment speaks volumes about Ashley's ambitions for Newcastle United. When the likes of Martin O'Neill and Martin Jol are available, to opt for a third rate failure like Pardew beggars belief. Bear in mind that Pardew was recently passed over for the Hibs job in favour of Chris Hughton's assistant! Nevertheless Pardew satisfies all Ashley's requirements for a manager: 1. Cheap 2. Available/out of work 3. So desperate for a job he'll work under conditions no decent manager will tranfers funds, selling our best players etc. I just wonder which joker Ashley will come up with this time next year when Pardew is sacked after a defeat to Scunthorpe leaves us in the Championship relegation zone.
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09/12/2010 12:08:00

Don't worry you lot can still play a derby next year against Boro then the year after that Hartlepool then Darlo then Gateshead so no matter how many years Pardew has your gonna be able to play a local derby each season on your way to the blue square hahahahahahaha.
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09/12/2010 12:10:00

two mackem posters = two filthy pigs, like tramps who meet on a bench! Idiots!
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09/12/2010 12:11:00

don't worry ken your safe Pardew has a fantastic record of taking sub standard teams and turning them into real relegation candidates yor in safe hands
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09/12/2010 12:14:00

5-1 bell of the end!
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09/12/2010 12:51:00

you'd think the Bolton result would of devestated yas but I keep hearing 5-1 all the time. But 5-1 and yet your 4 points below us still shows you can't handle the top flight and now with a 3rd teir manager 5-1 is nowt to us compaired to the national running joke that is Newcastle United LMAO
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09/12/2010 13:12:00

5-1 idiot
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09/12/2010 13:15:00

Shame i have heard that chris houghton was available!!!!
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09/12/2010 13:35:00

we might be a national running joke but we still done yous over 5-1! hahahahaha we can still laugh at you because you got shown up!
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09/12/2010 14:27:00

Let me tell you what you can expect ... the negative vibes of all football fans, is what you can expect. It has become really, really difficult for any neutral footie fan, including those who just happen to have an affection Newcastle, to wish NUFC well. Your chairman's conduct is unforgivable and beyond redemption. We might have let his amorality slide if a manager of real quality (like O'Neill) had be appointed, instead of his gambling crony, Pardew. That sight of Hughton dragging his wheelie bag along will haunt me for a long time, is all I can say. What can you expect? A dalliance with relegation is what you can expect, mate, if our negative vibes count for anything.
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09/12/2010 18:21:00

Feeling really sorry for you guys! For the first time in years, all anyone was hearing about Newcastle was good news, Houghton was / is a great manager, promotion at first attempt, then, not only safety, but threatening the Europa Cup places, popular with fans all over the country and in your City, also totaly supportd by the great young team he's developed! Only for fat Ashley to destroy all the good work again! He's used 7 managers in the last 5 1/2 years, so Pardew will be sacked soon, and the new manager will be told there's no mone left, as it's all going on paying out 5 years of Parew's contract! Since when did ANY club have to bribe a manager of the "quality" of Pardew wth a 5 1/2 yr contract??? He'd have begged for 6 months (which is as long as he'll last!)
The Horses Mouth
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09/12/2010 21:02:00

How rediculous. Regardless, best of luck lads.
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09/12/2010 23:28:00

Complete and utter farce, I have a lot of time for Newcastle but the conduct of the chairman has been nothing short of diabolical - you guys deserve better than him, and Pardew!
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10/12/2010 12:48:00


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