5 Potential Replacements for Alan Pardew at Newcastle United
Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United future remains uncertain this week after the Toon boss was handed a seven-game ban following his latest misdemeanour.
As Metro’s Paul Mannion put it, “Making Pardew a pariah will only impact on him personally and could still see ruthless Ashley cut ties with his long serving manager.”
So as the footballing world digests the outcome of the FA's disciplinary hearing, we look at five potential replacements for the 52-year-old should the axe swing at St James’ Park.
Lee Clark’s affections for Newcastle United are no secret and the former Magpies midfielder would find it tough to turn down the opportunity to lead his boyhood heroes.
The picture at his current club, Birmingham City, became muddled recently after owner Carson Yeung was jailed for six years in Hong Kong for money laundering.
This turn of events has left Clark in an unenviable position, and though Yeung resigned as chairman last month, the financial implications of his incarceration are yet to unfold.
According to the BBC, there is also talk of a takeover at the club and such an eventuality could see the 41-year-old Geordie out on a limb. The question is, would Mike Ashley hand him the chance to swap St Andrew’s for St James’?
His triumph at the Etihad Stadium, which saw the Latics through to the semi-finals for the second year running, has thrown the 45-year-old into the spotlight at just the right time.
Wigan have lost only three times in 20 games since the German took over from Owen Coyle and sit just outside the Championship play-off places on goal difference.
Having lost his job at Swansea City in somewhat bewildering circumstances, Danish legend Michael Laudrup is already on the radar of a number of clubs both in England and abroad.
The former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder guided Swansea to their first major trophy, winning the Capital One Cup at Wembley a little over a year ago before he was inexplicably sacked last month.
His attractive style of play was lauded during his time in South Wales, and if he could repeat his cup heroics with Newcastle United, Laudrup would be given the freedom of Tyneside.
Another manager who finds himself somewhat harshly out of work—and another who suffered a puzzling exit from South Wales—is former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay.
The 42-year-old Scot was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after unpopular owner Vincent Tan angered City fans by sacking the man who took them to the Premier League.
Once the dust settles on his controversial departure—which has provoked a legal battle against his former employers—the former Watford man could be ready to make a top-flight return.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce has already admitted his regret at turning down the chance to manage his boyhood club when Newcastle United came calling back in 2004.
The 53-year-old Geordie was approached by chairman Freddy Shepherd as the Magpies looked to replace Sir Bobby Robson, but Bruce chose to remain loyal to Birmingham City.
In an interview with Sky Sports, the former Manchester United defender said, "In hindsight it was a mistake I didn't go there. I always think what if. But I'd committed myself to Birmingham at the time and it didn't happen so I had to see it through and there you go."
Bruce has since managed the Toon’s local rivals, Sunderland, and it remains to be seen how many of the club’s fans would be put off by such an association.
But after leading Hull to this season’s FA Cup semi-finals at the expense of the Black Cats, there are plenty who would like to see Bruce given the manager’s office at St James’ Park.