Alan Pardew’s relationship with the Newcastle fanbase has always been rather turbulent to say the least, and with the Magpies losing four of their last five Premier League fixtures, while their gaffer endures a seven-match touchline ban for head-butting Hull City’s David Meylor back in March, the pressure is mounting once again on the Tyneside manager.
It seems with relegation mathematically impossible and European qualification incredibly unlikely, Pardew and his players are already in holiday mode, much to the disliking of the Magpies faithful.
But amid the ‘hire and fire’ culture the Premier League now finds itself in, every new appointment comes with considerable risk. Bearing in mind Pardew is now, and by quite some way, the English top flight’s second-longest serving manager after Arsenal’s 19-year servant Arsene Wenger, would the grass actually be greener on Tyneside with another figure in the dugout?
Well, with this list of SIX likely managerial alternatives to the former Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton boss, we at Football FanCast intend to let you decide.