Newcastle United Fans Call For Change In Managerby Mick Bates / 19 September 2014, 15:14Tweet
There has been a run of manager exits in the Championship this week with Felx Magath and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paying the price for their team’s poor performances on the pitch. Cardiff and Fulham must now start the task of finding a new manager to help resurrect their respective seasons whilst they still have time to do so.
This is on top of the other sacking/exits that have taken place so far this month across the leagues, check out the full list of manager casualties to see who has departed from their clubs so far this season. The exodus of the lower leagues has yet to be mirrored in the Premier League which is still waiting on the first manager departure of the season. However this is likely to change very soon as the backlash from the fans is starting to gain some momentum at strugglers West Ham and Newcastle. There is only so long that chairmen can stand behind their managers when results on the pitch are leaving the teams struggling at the bottom section of the Premier League table.
One of the largest calls of action for a manager change is coming from the north-east of the country as Newcastle United fans are urging owner Mike Ashley to sack manager Alan Pardew as soon as possible, as they believe his tenure as manager has become untenable.
This weekend a large scale protest has been organised by the fans group that are behind the website sackpardew.com. The group have printed up over 15,000 leaflets to hand out at St James’s Park this weekend for the home game against Hull City. They intend for fans to hold up the poster in the 5th minute of the match, to represent the five wins the team have had during 2014!
This protest is however not your typical angry fans dishing out some hastily photocopied sheets, the fans group have employed the services of a professional PR team as well as a legion of fans to help with the distribution of the leaflets that have been designed to parody that of the Sports Direct logo; the company that belongs to Magpies chairman Mike Ashley. A protest van decorated with the website logo is also set to drive to key landmarks around the Newcastle ahead of the game and the protest is expected to be covered by the likes of Sky News and Canal+.
Currently Newcastle are sitting at the bottom of the Premier League after four games played so far in the season, with just two points to their name, and last weekend they suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton. Pardew heads the next Premier League manager to sacked market at odds of around 4/11. Should he fail to claim all three points off Hull City this weekend it could force Ashley to make a change. However the fans group have stated that whatever the result they want to see Pardew leave the club.