Where do Newcastle United go from here? Well, the simple answer is: Mike Ashley must sell the club if the club is to have a future.
Despite being an astute businessman outside of football, it seems Ashley is doing his level best to ruin the club.
Sacking Alan Pardew, for whatever reason proves he doesn't have a clue about how to run a football club.
If the club had been relegated at the end of last season, the majority of blame should have been at Ashley's door.
With the club seemingly in a stable position in the table, after Pardew had guided Newcastle to six consecutive wins, Ashley wielded the axe, replacing Pardew with coach John Carver.
Why? Rumours had suggested that the reason Pardew had been appointed as Newcastle boss was because of an alleged gambling debt owed to Ashley, which if true, tell you all you need to know about Mike Ashley's character.
Pardew stressed that these rumours were false, telling the Shields Gazzette: “Anyone who knows me knows it’s very difficult to get me to get a pound out of my pocket and put it on some bet or a horse I didn’t have full control over.
“That’s just how my mind works.
“I kind of laughed at it, but some people genuinely believed it.”
Newcastle should have kept Pardew
For me, Pardew, despite being seen by fans as an outsider, brought much need stability to the club and looked like if given time could help the club realistically compete for European football.
He set the team up tactically well against top Premier League teams in a bid to frustrate them and to then hit them on the counter attack later in the game, which yielded some memorable results, most notably a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford and ending Chelsea's unbeaten run in all competitions with a 2-1 win at St James Park.
Pardew went onto prove his credentials at Crystal Palace, steering the club away from a relegation battle to a very respectable 10th place finish.
It's the Newcastle fans I feel sorry for. They always seem to get the same thing every year. Having an owner who is destroying the club with his incompetence has to be hard to take for supporters who are loyal and passionate in their views about the club.
I don't envisage much changing though, as long as Ashley is in charge Newcastle are a club going backwards
Let's hope another relegation isn't on the cards for this great footballing city.
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