Despite a rocky season that ended in disappointing fashion, Newcastle United are set to bring back manager Alan Pardew for the 2014-15 campaign, according to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie:
Newcastle have stated that Alan Pardew's job is safe for next season.— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) May 14, 2014
The 52-year-old Englishman has spent the past three-and-a-half seasons at St. James' Park since taking over in December 2010 and is coming off a 10th-place finish in the Premier League.
Although it was an improvement over their 16th-place finish in 2012-13, the Magpies stumbled down the stretch, losing seven of their last eight matches, and being shut out in five of those defeats.
After learning of the news, English football legend Gary Lineker provided his two cents:
Reports that Alan Pardew will remain in charge of Newcastle. It's ridiculous how many managers keep their jobs these days.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 14, 2014
Earlier this week, Pardew was adamant that he expected to have productive end-of-season talks with club owner Mark Ashley, per the Press Association's Damian Spellman, via the Daily Mail:
I think it's important he understands some of the problems I have had. We can talk through some things I think need to improve. Although he has a reputation of being aggressive, he's a better listener. That's why he has had such great success.
He doesn't really say much. He listens and comes back to me, sometimes 48 hours after, and draws some conclusions from what I have said. It's not like there's too much hollering and shouting, it's more a case for Mike to listen to the problems I have had. Then he reflects on the budget and everything else to see how he can help me.
Although Newcastle won't have to worry about finding a new manager this summer, the Magpies will have their work cut out for them in terms of adding necessary pieces during the transfer window.
Newcastle were unable to overcome the departure of midfielder Yohan Cabaye over the second half of the 2013-14 season and must address the void left by Cabaye's move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Pardew and newly appointed managing director Lee Charnley will also need to acquire some talent to bolster the top of Newcastle's lineup. The Magpies scored only 43 total goals in 38 league matches all of last season, better than only eight other clubs.
Loic Remy led Newcastle with 14 goals in 26 Premier League appearances last season, but was on loan from Queens Park Rangers and there's certainly no guarantee the club would be able to secure him with a permanent deal this summer.
So while Pardew is set to return for his fourth full season at the helm, it's safe to say his seat will be heating up next season with expectations only getting higher.
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