Alan Pardew new favourite for the sackby Jack Kitson / 29 April 2013, 10:01Tweet
Alan Pardew has been installed as the new favourite for the sack following Newcastle's shocking 6-0 defeat at home to Liverpool. The abysmal performance has sent alarm bells ringing around St James’ Park and plunged Pardew’s future at the Toon into serious doubt, with Sky Bet - who on Friday had Pardew at 50/1 in the Premier League Sack Race - reacting by slashing his odds down to just 9/4.
On Saturday evening a chorus of boos - from those few fans who had stayed till the end - greeted the final whistle as Newcastle slumped to their heaviest home defeat in a whopping 87 years. The defeat was their fourth in six league games and their second in succession at St James’ Park following their woeful 3-0 loss to fierce rivals Sunderland two weeks ago.
Just one win in eight games in all competitions has piled the pressure on the former West Ham boss, whose staggering eight-year contract renewal back in September now seems like a huge gamble. His current situation is in stark contrast to the end of last season where he was in the process of leading the Toon to a 5th placed finish which earned him the 2012 LMA manager of the year.
Wigan's creditable 2-2 draw with Tottenham means that the 16th-placed Magpies are now just six points above the drop zone with three matches remaining. Aston Villa (17th) and the Latics both have a game in hand, which could prove crucial as the 2012/13 season enters into the closing stages.
Newcastle are likely to need at least one win from their final three games to secure safety, although at the moment it is difficult to see where that victory will come from. They now face back-to-back trips to the capital where they lock horns with West Ham (who are not only managed by former Toon boss Sam Allardyce but have ex captain Kevin Nolan and striker Andy Carol in their ranks) and relegated QPR.
Considering that the Toon have recorded just one win on the road all season, it is likely that they will struggle to come away from either stadium clutching a valuable three points. Their season then comes to an end on Sunday 19th May with a very tricky game at home to Arsenal - who are currently unbeaten in seven - and will arrive in the North East fired up as they look to secure a top four finish.
- West Ham (a)
- QPR (a)
- Arsenal (h)
- 2/3 Wigan
- 2/1 Aston Villa
- 9/1 Newcastle
- 20/1 Norwich
- 28/1 Sunderland
- 50/1 Stoke
Odds courtesy of Sky Bet