Newcastle Have Failed At Almost Every Hurdle Since November


It’s very painful,  but I’ve gone back to the first game in November, which was the 1-1 draw against Liverpool – and it was one week after we luckily won 2-1 at home to West Brom  –  with that winning goal in added time, and I’ve compiled Newcastle’s stats for the almost three months period since then.

Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew – where’s the next win coming from?

And in 14 league games played, we have two wins and two draws for a total of 8 points out of a possible 42, and if that form was played out over a full season of 38 games, we’d end up with 22 points and almost certainly be relegated.

In games other than league games,  we’ve played in three UEFA ties and drawn two of them and lost at Bordeaux, and of course in the FA Cup we were humiliated at Brighton and lost to a lower league side for the third season running.

So our record in all games  since the beginning of November is played 18, won two and drawn four – and lost 12,  so it’s just two wins in the last 18 games in all competitions.

It’s not too surprising that yesterday we thought we had a very decent chance of beating Reading at home, since they had never won away from home this season, we had the great Yohan Cabaye starting for us again after months out with a groin injury, and we were at home with just less than 50,000 fans in attendance at St. James’ Park.

And certainly the first half went to plan as we dominated,  and had 7 shots on target and Reading had no shots on target and we were a little unlucky not to be ahead by more than one goal at half time, with Papiss Cisse having three decent chances that the goalkeeper did really well to save.

But then we went into an imitation of the Newcastle of the last three months, and even though we were winning 1-0 at home with just 20 minutes to go,  we still conceded the two goals that gave us another defeat.

That’s why a number of Newcastle fans were annoyed, frustrated  and worried at the end of yesterday’s game – if we cannot get a win against Reading then who can we beat?

It would be unfair to call Newcastle a bunch of losers  over the last three months,  but the record suggests with only two wins in the 18 games – that’s not too far from the truth.

If we don’t improve very quickly then we will be relegated – that’s obvious, and we’ll even deserve to go down, after only being back in the big time for three seasons.

Those are the facts – it’s not even an opinion – I wish it were.

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10 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #1

    I pray Pardew gets sacked , but knowing the logic (or lack of) of our higher management that wont happen

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  • nufcusa

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Pardew out – dimatteo or poyet in

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  • Yorkgeordie

    Jan 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Coloccini is our best player. His display against Sunderland was awsome. Most of his displays since then have been awful. I don’t know what his personal problems are, but Colo has been, in my opinion, one of the main reasons for our fall down the table. Much as it pains me to say it, we have to get him out of the club, fast.Whether he is not man enough and professional enough to carry out his, unbelievably lucrative, job, or the whole thing is a scam to get out of his contract is irrelevant, as well as affecting his own performance, it must be having an adverse effect on his team mates. I hope he is gone by the next game and I have a feeling we will start playing to our, undoubted, best.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Jan 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed, it’s NOT Pardew’s fault. He is, was, and will always be a B-grade* (see below) footballer & manager. I pointed that out the day he farcically usurped Hughton, and nothing (even 5th place when 4th place was begging – or was that instructions from above?) will change my mind.

    As coaches/managers around him in the Prem become more technically astute, Pardew remains becalmed in his own arrogance and mediocrity. He is only employed because he fits in with the Ashley masterplan of staying mid table and making profit on young players, to offset the huge personal loss Ashley made when buying the club. Make no mistake this is all about that minus £100m faux pas and Ashley’s business pride.

    The NUFC onfield hoofball strategy looks more archaic with each win-less month, especially as the likes of Laudrup, AVP, Rodgers are the premiership methodology of choice for an ambitious chairman. This is the tika-taka minefield that Pardew now looks hopelessly lost in, despite having a talented squad more than capable of delivering good football on match days (such an irony). So Pardew’s B grade* has now slipped to a C grade as the boys in the Prem class of 2013 are just too bright for him.

    At the same time NUFC’s 2010 ZERO CAPITAL INVESTMENT decree looks decidedly wobbly when precariously perched above the drop zone. Ashley doesn’t want to spend, that’s the road to financial ruin, but he doesn’t want to be relegated either, that’s another road to financial ruin – or is it?

    Problem is Big Mike wants his £100m back, and the game has changed since 2010. The planned 5 – 7 years of skimming off £20m or so with a dunderhead mid-table manager looks impossible – so what now?

    Well, one ‘solution’ is crash and burn. Relegation equals selling off Cabaye, Marveaux, Tiote, Colo, Santon, Cisse & Krul for around a cool £100 million straight into his pocket and selling an empty shell club (still with Pardew) to whoever will take it. Don’t think the thought hasn’t crossed Ashley’s mind, just like the thought of getting into the ECL and having to strengthen the squad freaked him out last season.

    And just like the increased Prem TV revenue money from 2013-14 must be also nagging at him somewhere. Decisions, decisions….

    Meanwhile Freddie Shepherd must be in stitches at it all, selling a black hole for £100m to Ashley and watching the ensuing fun – now there’s a true businessman!!

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  • Geordiedownunder

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m not totally sure of the dates, but I think this downward rush started at about the same time that AP got his 8 year contract… anyone confirm?

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  • johnhoy

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Pardew has earned this season no matter what and he should get until may to either save us or sink us. If we go down I will hope he gets the bullet but not before then

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  • johnhoy

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    If we sack him who is going to want to manage us considering last time we were reduced to Joe Kinnear….oh please

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  • ic0gcds00

    Jan 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    it is no good giving pardew the sack till the end of the season and see if he has the bottle to keep us up,managerial decisions and tactics have been strange to say the least ,especially when you have shola on the wing and not knowing how to make a good substitution.
    good managers have a special instinct into knowing how to change a match be it to keep it as it is .or change the result,pards hasnt got that in the locker.
    he is punching above his weight being in charge of NUFC

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  • Mund30

    Jan 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Im totally split whether Pardew should get the sack or not, i think i sway more to yes just because i am petrified of getting relegated especially after watching the boys last year and feeling so good about them, taking me back to the days of Robson when i always had a smile on my face every week. But if we go to Villa and lose then sorry but he has to go but i do agree with comments above of who would actually come here and manage?? Ashley as we all know has the perfect manager in Pardew for how he wants to run the club and i dont think there will be many managers who wants to be under that type or rule. Could you really see someone like Blanc come here and work under Ashley and Lambias.

    One thing for sure is we need some support up top and fast. Cisse i dont know what has happened, i havent missed a game all year watched everyone start to finish and Cisse just i dont know what it is but he looks a donkey at times. For one he never watches the line he always strays offside and whoever is in possesion cant play a pass to him because they know he is offside and then the chance goes. He never gets stuck in with the defenders and for a defender he must be an easy day. And as you know last year he banged them in from all angles, some of the best finishes ive seen but this year he looks awful and i have no clue whats happened. I know our first major problem this year was pardew trying to accomodate both Ba and Cisse with the latter getting pushed out wide right so Ba could get his way and play through the middle, and Ba was once again prolific but Cisse who is a natural finisher thats pretty much all he has going for him played on the wing. From there its been a downward spiral and i just hope it doesnt get any worse. But if im honest im sh#tting myself.

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  • timbo699

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Spotlight Kid – your comments are spot on. I have been a Toon Fan since 1967 and although I’ve lived in the south for over 35 years, I ‘m back here now and can perhaps see the situation (which is dire) with relatively clarity and balance. I am also an occupational psychologist by profession and have seen many organisations drift into failure. As much as it pains me to say it, if I were a betting man, I’m afraid I would put money on us going down.
    Managers like Pardew are doomed to fail in the long run because they have a limited shelf life and soon lose the motivational and leadership qualities that are necessary to provide long term success. He’s particularly lacking the necessary skills when forced outside his comfort zone (Keegan had the same qualities).

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