Newcastle United are not expected to start the manager Alan Pardew despite a poor start to the season. Owner Mike Ashley is aware of the huge payoff that the club will have to give the manager in order to release him from his duties. Newcastle offered Pardew an eight-year contract two years ago. Since the contract still has six years to run, it will take a huge sum of money to part company with the former West Ham boss. Newcastle have been on a poor run of form throughout 2014. They suffered a 4-0 defeat against Southampton during the weekend that appeared to be the final straw for the manager.
Newcastle find themselves bottom of the Premier League after four matches in the season. They are still searching for their first victory, although they came extremely close to getting the same in the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace had it not been for Wilfried Zaha’s injury time equaliser. Pardew admitted after the Southampton defeat the performances have not been good enough. However, Newcastle have undergone massive changes in terms of transfer policy over the last few years. After failing to sign any permanent player in the last few transfer windows, the club lavished on a number of new signings this summer.
Steve Bruce has been rumoured as the replacement for Pardew, but the Hull City manager refused to entertain such claims saying that it would be disrespectful. “It isn’t nice – it’s horrible for him and I find it very, very disrespectful that I’m linked with somebody else’s job when he’s still in a job. After what happened to me at Sunderland, which was similar to what Alan Pardew is going through now, I know how difficult the north-east is,” said Bruce, who comes from Newcastle but has managed Sunderland in the past.