Alan Pardew is favourite at 7/10 to outlast his Director of Football at Newcastle, but while the club seem to have got their summer back on track the 7/5 about Joe Kinnear packing Pardew’s bags for him is still too big a price.
Following yesterday’s capture of striker Loic Remy on loan from QPR, Pardew will breathe a sigh of relief after Kinnear made a complete hash of Darren Bent’s proposed transfer from Aston Villa.
With a firm bid for Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis expected soon, the former West Ham boss can be confident of going into the season with plenty of cover for Papiss Cisse, beyond the Ameobi brothers.
Liverpool ‘s Stewart Downing has also been heavily linked with the Tyneside club, who need to find the right formula in wide positions after successive disappointing seasons from French flyers Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux.
Pardew will be happy with his side’s opening set of fixtures, with a daunting opening weekend tie at Manchester City offset by the visits of West Ham, Fulham and Hull followed by a trip to Aston Villa in what looks to be one of the most straightforward starts to this year’s campaign.
The Magpies will have to get off to a flyer if they are to challenge for top ten status this season, thought to be the minimum requirement from Mike Ashley as Pardew tries to find a balance between 2011/2012’s fantastic fifth place and last year’s dire 16th.
With Kinnear’s appointment disrupting the sometime successful transfer partnership between Pardew and Chief Scout Graham Carr, Ashley is creating discord where once there was harmony and if Newcastle struggle to get in to the top half before Christmas, Pardew could be for the high jump.