Thursday, 9th December 2010

Newcastle United are expected to announce the appointment of Alan Pardew as their new manager later today in a move which has baffled the club’s supporters. The Premier League outfit sacked Chris Hughton earlier this week, despite the former Republic of Ireland international leading the club out of the Championship and to a safe mid-table spot in the top flight.

Pardew, who was most recently sacked by Southampton, despite good performances on the pitch, has previously managed Reading, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic. The 49-year-old has just one trophy to his name in management, that being the Football League Trophy won with Southampton.

Newcastle were widely expected to move for a manager of international repute who would have clearly been seen as a worthy replacement for Hughton. The appointment of Pardew however will lead many fans to wonder why Hughton was sacked to make way for a boss they believe to be no better. One local newspaper, which ran a poll on who should be the new Newcastle boss, saw Pardew poll just 2 per cent of the votes.


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