Newcastle United have a bad recent record of sacking managers, with only Bobby Robson really given a fair crack of the whip since Kevin Keegan left (the first time). Mike Ashley's record is very poor. Since he took over, Sam Allardyce, Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton have all been dispatched in one way or another.
So surely it seems crazy to suggest Pardew will do any better?
In the Freddie Shepherd era, it could be argued that managers were often removed due to a lack of success and a lack of popularity with the fans. The Ashley era is different. He has shown time and time again that the opinions of the fans are irrelevant. The fans would have kept Keegan, Shearer and Hughton, and the latter in particular could hardly be accused of underachieving!
Ashley has now found a perfect manager for his reign. Alan Pardew will play attractive football (unlike Allardyce), won't argue of resist his control and won't demand his own way on transfers (like Keegan) and won't fight player sales or encourage a powerful dressing room (like Hughton).
Pardew will never really be popular with Newcastle fans, who distrust him after the Carrol sale and various player contract issues. He does, however, have a natural charm with the press and is a useful propagandist for the notoriously silent owner.
It would take a truly disastrous season for Pardew to be removed!