As I said yesterday, I am a huge fan of Pardew and would have him back at Upton Park at the drop of...well at the drop of a WAG's knickers...but is he the right man for Newcastle? If the Toon Army don't want him, then definitely not!
Pardew is thick skinned and will tough it out, as he showed during a difficult first season at Upton Park, but you have to wonder if the players will have the same steel and fibre if things start to go wrong. Poor Pards is possibly walking in to a nightmare scenario. The script could read: appointed on Thursday, lose heavily to a resurgent Liverpool at the weekend, and demonstrations against the Board after the game because of his appointment.
One thing is for sure, the fans will be quick to jump on anything that supports their belief that the sacking of Hughton was wrong. It would have been bad enough if a truly experienced manager, such as O'Neill, had been appointed to replace him, but how, exactly does Pardew meet the "experienced" criteria? He has less than two full season's experience in the Prem and in those two seasons, he contrived to get himself sacked from West Ham and take Charlton down!
In fact, if you look at his CV and ignore that Cup Final, it doesn't make impressive reading. He was doing well at Reading, which is why we appointed him, but Reading did better under Coppell after Pardew left. He struggled in his first season at West Ham, only secured promotion through the play offs in his second, and had a dream third season, which sadly proved more of a wet dream if we believe the rumours. He couldn't manage the egos of the players once they realised they could play a bit and made a complete hash of bedding down Tevez and Mascherano. The Argies have a mate in the Newcastle dressing room and will hardly supply a ringing endorsement of the man who treated them like a dose of syphilis when they arrived in the Boleyn.
Pards was an unmitigated disaster at Charlton and his record at Southampton was unconvincing too. We still don't know why he was shown the door by the Saints but there are suggestions that Pards was once again a sinner. If so, the Newcastle players are going to have to watch their wives as if JT had just joined from Chelsea!
Hughton was a popular guy amongst the players and the fans and Newcastle have overachieved so far this season. The club needed a big name to justify his sacking, not a Pardew. I would welcome Pards back to the Boleyn but that's because we are the right type of club for Mr Armani. The Geordies will be saying, "Alan who?" and remember the last former West Ham manager they appointed. Glenn Roeder at least had the advantage of being a former player but Pardew is an out and out outsider, a flash Harry southerner with no real credentials.
This could well end in tears!