Alan Pardew

The situation at the bottom could well alter before the end of the season, however, should the current trend continue, then many of us will need to warm up that humble pie and concede that there may be some sense behind switching managers after all.
A manager of a football club - sounds like the perfect job for many of us, right? The reality is, it's probably one of the most vulnerable job positions in the world. It's fair to say, in today's climate, a manager is potentially only 5 or 6 games from the sack. Job security is pretty much non-existent in this business, and a poor run of results could see managers packing their bags and heading out the door quicker than they can say David Moyes.
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Pardew has already re-teamed with a former star pupil; bring in Remy and the horizon would start to appear even brighter. These are certainly sanguine times for Palace. Pardew got them dreaming once again after a period in the darkness, and they are starting to dream big.
It is hard to escape the feeling that Newcastle fans, embittered or not, would welcome him back with open arms after the torment since his departure. He may not have always endeared himself to the media or fans, but the fact is, Pardew is flying at Selhurst Park and would deserve a nod for manager of the season.
Everything is in place for Newcastle to be a successful club, but with Mike Ashley as owner, business sense will always win-out over football. Risk is what wins silverware and creates memories, but can easily destroy a club too and therein lies the dilemma for Newcastle United.
Newcastle have flown up the table from 18th to 5th in the space of five matches and Pardew and co are being held up as an example of the good that can come from giving a manager some leeway - and having some patience. It's just a shame that it's all a bit nonsense.
While he will enjoy that much more than those previously seen at the ground, it speaks volumes that even positive signs have negative connotations and are displayed almost in jest. His Newcastle team have what it takes to extend their run of form, though it is unlikely to mean much more in the way of support and backing for Pardew.
Like the current extended summer we've experienced in the UK, the fate of Premier League managers appears to be undergoing a similar process. Any day now the temperature is sure to drop ten degrees and the first managerial departure is expected to arrive with it.
If you're a football fan predisposed towards optimism, you spend a fair bit of time constructing arguments to justify your sunny outlook.... Then the players come out of the tunnel and play with such leaden ineptitude that you feel they're openly mocking you.