Pardew’s Newcastle future in doubt

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is said to be willing to sanction a summer of spending but it’s not yet known if manager Alan Pardew will remain in his position, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Pardew is the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager but discontent has grown among the Newcastle faithful after a poor second half of the season. The Magpies’ defeat at Arsenal on Monday was their sixth straight loss, although Newcastle are still in ninth place, in sight of the top-half finish requested by the club’s hierarchy.

Ashley is said to be concerned by the team’s form and doubtful that Pardew is the right man to make signings with the money he will provide in pre-season. Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is said to be among the targets.

Should Ashley dispense with Pardew’s services then David Moyes, the former Manchester United manager whom Ashley twice tried to take from Everton, and local boy Steve Bruce, the Hull City manager, would be the front-runners for the job.

Performances are of as great a concern as results, the newspaper says, with the players felt to have capitulated against the Gunners. Ashley is understood to be worried Pardew can no longer command the respect of the squad.

Newcastle sold Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain in January and haven’t made a permanent signing in more than a year. Last summer saw only Loic Remy arrive at the club, on loan from Queens Park Rangers, while this January, Luuk de Jong, on loan from Gladbach, was Newcastle’s only new face.

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