Reports say Newcastle United owner, Mike Ashley is working on potential replacements for manager Alan Pardew despite what seems like reposing confidence in the manager. It doesn’t at all appear like Ashley would sack Pardew after keeping faith in the manager since 2010. Pardew as the Newcastle manager has won both the Premier League manager and LMA manager of the year awards for the 2011/2012 season after guiding the Magpies to European football for the first time since the club’s return to the Premier League. However, the fans of the club have since lost patience with the former English footballer with banners and flags expressing their desire of his sack lifted and hoisted during home games. Pardew, however, is the currently the second longest serving manager in the English Premier League after Arsene Wenger, who has been at Arsenal since 1996, having managed the club since 2010.
Following his managerial stints with Reading, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic and Southampton, Alan Pardew became the candidate to replace Chris Hughton at Newcastle and he signed a 5 and a half year deal. This deal expires by 2015 and Mike Ashley and many other fans of the club would prefer a replacement rather than an extension of the manager’s contract beyond 2015. Now it is understood that a list of potential replacements is being worked which includes David Moyes the former Manchester United and Everton manager, and AFC Bournemouth boss, Eddie Howe. David Moyes had previously performed wonderfully well at Everton claiming a spot in the top 7 English Premier League season in, season out, operating on a shoe string budget. However, the decision to join Manchester United after being chosen by retiring boss and country man, Sir Alex Ferguson, seemed a setback for the Scottish manager. A string of losses and draws ensured that Manchester United failed to finish top four which meant no UEFA Champions League football for the English football giants. A feat that hardly was the case at the club, during the Alex Ferguson regime.
Eddie Howe on the other hand is one of English football’s rising managers. At just 36 years old, he has done impressively well at his current club Bournemouth, which he’s been tinkering since January 2009 becoming the youngest manager in the Football League as the time of signing the contract. Previously, in 2006, at the age of 29, Howe was promoted to the position of a player-coach by the then Bournemouth manager, Kevin Bond, and handed the task of coaching Bournemouth’s reserve team, though he continued to play for the first team as a defender. In 2007, Howe retired from football due to a nagging knee injury and by the September of the following year, 2008, he lost his job as the reserve team coach, when Kevin Bond was sacked. He returned to AFC Bournemouth, first as a youth coach under Jimmy Quinn, then as a caretaker manager when Quinn was sacked in December, 2008. He was officially announced as the permanent manager on the 19th January, 2009 and brought the club out of relegation zone despite a 17-point deficit.