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Alan Pardew managed to keep himself in a job after Newcastle’s 2-2 draw away at Swansea, for a couple of weeks at least.

The 54 year old seems to constantly be one bad result away from getting the axe at Newcastle United.

How much longer can Alan Pardew survive?The bookies favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave has watched his side fail to win so far this season and finds himself edging ever nearer to the sack.

Although it may seem it to some, fans wanting rid of Alan Pardew as Newcastle United boss is not a new thing. His appointment to begin with was not a particularly welcome once. With his last job being with Southampton in League 1 and taking over from a man who led Newcastle back to the Premier League and a 13 place position at the time of his sacking Chris Hughton, he was not the fans first choice as Toon boss.

Although he did win over a lot of fans in the 2011-12 season in which Newcastle finished 5th above the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton. A season in which the front three of Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa fired the Toon into Europe and also Pardew himself to a Manager of the year trophy. However it seems that since then its been pretty much down hill for Pardew. The sale of top striker Demba Ba in January and a 16th place finish left fans asking for his head at the end of the 2012-13 season.

He did himself no favours the following year, with not a single senior player joining permanently, fan favourite Hatem Ben Arfa exiled and another star player, Yohan Cabaye, sold in January once more fans were starting to lose patience on a larger scale. Fast forward to May that year and a headbutt to Hull City player David Meyler only brought about more criticism from fans and pundits alike, with the club itself fining Pardew £100,000 for the incident.

The headbutt on David Meyler was seen as the final straw by many Newcastle fans

The headbutt on David Meyler was seen as the final straw by many Newcastle fans

Having only taken maximum points from 4 Premier League games out of 21 since the sale of Yohan Cabaye in January it is not a shock to anybody that Pardew is under so much pressure and constant scrutiny. And now it is clear that the voices of the Toon Army are starting to be heard.

The summer business went some way in an attempt to fix the decimated bridges that Ashley and Pardew faced with the Newcastle fans, with roughly £35m spent on 8 new senior recruits although 2 (Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow) were loaned back to Nottingham Forest for the season. Transfer deadline day, it has to be said, was not an enjoyable day for the fans. Exiled fan favourite Hatem Ben Arfa was loaned to Hull City, leaving many fans angry and frustrated with Pardew for allowing possibly the most technically gifted and certainly most creative player at the club to leave.

Fan-favourite Hatem Ben Arfa was pushed out by Alan Pardew

Fan-favourite Hatem Ben Arfa was pushed out by Alan Pardew

And one of the most promising player at the club Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa also left on loan to Serie A runners-up Roma. Where he has been getting rave reviews to the team who currently sit 2nd in the league behind only Juventus. This move was not welcomed by the Geordie faithful for a couple of main reasons, one being his quality, which he has showed so far this season with Roma, and second being the lack of depth in that position at Newcastle.

I saw a tweet before Roma’s Champions League clash with Manchester City which almost summed up perfectly the Newcastle fans disbelief at the decision to let one of the most promising players at the club leave on loan. It read “I see MYM (Mpou Yanga-Mbiwa) is starting for Roma against City in the Champions League tonight, presumably Mike Williamson would walk into that team as well”

The 4-0 loss away at St. Mary’s to Southampton it has to be said was the turning point in the season so far for Pardew. A horrendous display both in defense and attack brought the critics out and placed Pardew firmly in the firing line. At the home match against Hull this season, which ended in a 2-2 draw, 30,000 SackPardew.com hand outs were printed and given to fans as they made their way to St. James Park. A clear indication on how the Geordies are feeling to their sides lackluster start to the season. And unless things results start to turn around things will not get easier anytime soon for Mr Pardew.

Newcastle United fans Sack Pardew protest banners

Mike Ashley made the trip down to Stoke to watch his team lose 1-0 in the rain with a performance in fitting with the weather. Again fans took their SackPardew.com posters and chants of “You’re getting sacked in the morning” directed at Pardew were vocal throughout the match. Many Geordies were given a glimmer of hope at full time when the cameras panned onto Ashley leaving his seat it looked to many like he said to Managing Director Lee Charnley “He’s gone, he’s definitely gone” with vines of the clip spreading like wildfire through Geordies on twitter.

The international break it has to be said, could not have come at a better time for him and his team. Giving them a couple of weeks without the pressure of belligerent fans and pundits to attempt to regroup and get themselves in shape for the first game back. They host Leicester on the 18th of October at St. James’ park and if things do not go to plan for Pardew, it could very well be his last game in charge of the Magpies. With Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool coming up the game against Leicester may very well be the biggest game of Pardew’s Newcastle tenure. But then again, you never really do know with Mike Ashley in charge.

They call Newcastle United more of a soap opera than a football club sometimes, which is a statement I don’t think even the most stubborn Geordie would deny.

Originally published at crazyaboutepl.com

Post written by Nathan Harrison
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