Mike Ashley opts for mediocre St James’ Park managerial appointment. Why?
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Alan Pardew is set to be named as the new Newcastle manager within the next 24 hours, BBC Sport understands.
The former Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton boss was among the favourites to take over from Chris Hughton, who was sacked on Monday.
Hughton led Newcastle into the top flight last season but following his dismissal the club said it wanted someone “with more experience”.
Pardew, 49, has been out of work since being sacked by Southampton in August.
BBC Sport understands that Pardew was in talks with Newcastle about taking over at St James’ Park as long as 10 days ago.
It is believed Pardew became close friends with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and director Derek Llambias when all three were familiar faces at an exclusive London casino where Llambias was managing director.
Reserve team boss and ex-Magpies striker Peter Beardsley was initially put in charge of first team affairs. (BBC Sport)
Well this is an interesting turn of events and by interesting we of course mean CRAZY. To sack Chris Hughton is one thing but to bring in Alan Pardew who has limited Premier League experience that mainly involved doing very badly, why the hell would tubby Mike Ashley opt to bring him in?
What do the Toon Army supporters feel about this decision?
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