Following Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke, leaving the club winless after six Premier League games, the St James’ Park head honchos have moved quickly to stress that Alan Pardew’s job is safe, for the time being at least.
Despite increasing supporter protests and a string of lacklustre performances, the Magpies will not be severing ties with their manager before they visit Swansea next.
After being handed a pre-international break reprieve, it is imperative that Pardew masterminds victory in south Wales in a game where the Tynesiders are priced up at 13/4 to prevail.
Try as he might, the silver-haired supremo has been unable to fix the Newcastle machine that broke around January of this year.
But fear not Pardiola, we’ve come up with three new solutions for you to try.
Play Sammy Ameobi
Younger sibling of Toon folk hero Shola, Ameobi Jr is allegedly playing for his future at St James’ Park.
Affording him the odd 15 minutes from the bench here and there doesn’t give him a fair opportunity to prove his worth though.
The dissenting supporters are certain to cut academy products more slack than flailing big-money buys so give Sammy a chance to shine.
Move Moussa Sissoko into a central berth
The Frenchman started his Newcastle career in blinding fashion, but he looks to have grown stale on the wings.
With great pace, power and a touch of guile to boot, he would be the perfect box-to-box foil to anchorman Cheick Tiote, who proved in the Stoke game that he’s excellent at just about everything aside from making forward passes.
Start with two strikers
Remy Cabella has been deployed in what fashion dictates is the number ten role, tasked to find the pockets of space in front of opponents’ backlines.
The hustle and bustle of the Premier League looks a little too much for him at present, however, and removing him from the first-team picture looks the obvious solution.
Emmanuel Riviere has cut a lonely figure as the solo attacking spearhead and could use a partner.
Papiss Cisse is back fit again and provides one option, while new-signing Ayoze Perez must be in line for a first top-tier start after coming off the bench five times so far.