Southampton was one of those games where watching the Directors’ Box provided more interest then the Mags’ performance. Will he be here next season? 

The TV cameras picked up on the wet handshake, the lukewarm response from Ashley. Pardew himself had a better view of the back of Ashley’s head than his team’s attacking instincts. According to Pardew, his boss likes attacking football. Oh yes, this was a great advert for attacking football but from the wrong team. 

The manager’s own pre-match hype included advocacy of the Saints’ academy. Pardew was not responsible for bringing any of their team through.

One of the big stats to be missed was that Pardew recently completed his 200th game as a Premier League manager. That landmark came against Hull. His celebration of the occasion was unique, petulantly kicking a ball away, ostensibly to waste time while stepping back in front of the Hull player. In an attempt to get on with the game, Pardew stepped back in his way and was pushed before leading with his head. 

The landmarks tumbled, the loan signing, Remy, scored Pardew’s 250th Premier League goal as manager. The first game banned saw a poor defeat against the bottom club, a repeat of when he had gifted local rivals, Sunderland their first win of a poor campaign. The Fulham match brought his 50th away loss in the top flight as manager.

 A late win against Palace, the club who offloaded him when they made the big time, relieved some pressure but we are reminded that the manager who saw no future for Pardew, the player, went on to succeed where the man himself, had failed, to take Reading into the Premier League. He moved on to Charlton, a club where he was in charge for one and a half relegations.

 Next up came Everton, a club with a manager of an arguably under-funded team. Here was a club with attacking intent scoring the 300th PL goal against a Pardew side.

Southampton also became a significant game. This was a club who got rid of a manager who failed to make it to the next level, a role he was supposed to fill at Newcastle according to the departed relic, Llambias. His successor, Adkins took them to the top flight. Again this was a contrast with a young progressive manager playing attacking football.

A team with ambition overtook a team with Pardew at the helm, in convincing style too.

Pardew is full of records. Currently, having been scoreless in 10 of the last 14, Pardew has built on his record of being the first manager to lose 4 at home consecutively without scoring at NUFC. He is the first in the managerial role to have lost 3 in a row against Sunderland with the joint biggest losing margin for over a century. Likewise, the Liverpool defeat by 6 goals was the largest home defeat for a similar period.

Of his 130 games in charge at Newcastle, his 50th home last gasp win against Palace was overshadowed by his 51st home convincing defeat against Everton. He is more likely to lose at home than win.

He has lost 18 of his games by 3 or more goals, a rate of 1 in 7.

Everything about Pardew spells mediocrity, consistent with the tacky brand of Wonga and of the devalued brands that his boss, Ashley, has taken over.

Most of what he says proves to be false. Carroll will not be sold, not at any price, not in the next transfer window, the one in which he was sold. Cabaye would be replaced. Perhaps he may but not within any meaningful time frame.

As for the attacking football, the most meaningful threat, apart from a Championship player on loan, is consistently started on the bench, just as Pardew did with Tevez at West Ham. If Ben Arfa does start, he is withdrawn prematurely.

Will Pardew still be here to rebuild the squad that he has disunited? If Ashley is happy to be labelled as a failure in this particular business venture, probably yes. If Ashley has any sense of ambition for his asset, certainly not.

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