Failing to see the logic in Newcastle potentially sacking Alan Pardew 2

The Express have been the latest to claim that Alan Pardew is ‘one game from the sack’, and that Newcastle will be looking for a new manager if they’re beaten by Aston Villa on Sunday.

You will not find many people who dislike Pardew as much as I do, but what purpose would dismissing him really have?

There’s an interesting statistics about Newcastle at the moment: not only have they not won a game since the sale Yohan Cabaye, but they’ve failed to score a goal since the influential midfielder departed for PSG.

Blaming the recent run of results on the absence of a single player is a simplification of the issues at St James’ Park, but it’s still very relevant, and it’s still something for which Pardew ultimately isn’t responsible. The footballing structure at Newcastle seemingly prevents the manager from having much influence over player recruitment, so he’s really at the mercy of the tools he’s being given - and at what point did anybody at the club think that selling Cabaye and failing to replace him wasn’t going to have a negative effect?

Pardew isn’t the most gifted manager - contrary to his own belief - but asking him to carry the can for the current sequence of failures seems incredibly unfair. His owner is Mike Ashley, and for the best part of the season his technical director has been Joe Kinnear - there isn’t a more trying working environment in the Premier League. Yes, he’s ultimately responsible for the recent listlessness of the side, but there are clearly mitigating circumstances.

The club belongs to Ashley, so he’s entitled to make decisions, but even he has to realise that dismissing Pardew would really serve no purpose at this point. Not only would that presumably involve a hefty financial settlement, but who is there to replace him? There isn’t a manager out there worth having who would go anyway near this club at the moment. The fans are great and the atmosphere at St James’ Park is wonderful, but does either factor outweigh the obvious duress of being employed by Ashley? Behind all the claimed commercial success, Newcastle are dysfunctional as a footballing entity, and that’s what managers would look at.

Sacking Pardew would really just represent Ashley attempting to create a fall-guy for his own errors, and there’s not much to suggest that it would in any way benefit the side or further solidify the club’s Premier League status. Newcastle’s issues all come from the top of the organisation, and the quicker Ashley acknowledges that and starts acting upon it the better.

There can’t always be somebody else to blame.

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