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If This Happens Newcastle Will Make History

8:57 am, Sunday, May 5th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

Newcastle had a great season last year and we finished in 5th place, and for the first time in six years we were back in Europe – where we think we belong.



And we even did well in Europe this season, and it in the quarter final game at home against Benfica just over three weeks ago, we were one goal short of reaching the semi-finals with over 10 minutes to go in the game.

But we didn’t make it, and in our four league games since then you could say that Newcastle have cratered.

We’ve had two games at home against Sunderland and Liverpool and two games away at West Brom and West Ham – and if we do get relegated – in two weeks time to be specific – it will be those four games that will be looked on as where we lost it all.

Not only did we get only two points from these games – but our goal difference went tn down by nine goals – and amazingly those were in the two home games we played at the once sacred St. James’ Park.

With Wigan about to execute another one of their escape acts, which they do every season, we could see the drop for the second time in four years – that’s now a distinct possibility after yesterday’s games.

We hope we don’t go down of course, but it seems that every game that goes by we are mired deeper and deeper in relegation trouble, so our timing of having a terrible run of results is not good – we have only one win in the last seven games.

And when did a side competing in Europe ever get relegated?

We don’t think it’s ever happened before – although we do tend to get some things wrong on this blog.

But we believe that if Newcastle do go down we will make history by being the first club in England to participate in Europe and get relegated in the same season.

That would not be good – and that’s a massive understatement.

We wonder if our players really know the gravity of the situation we are in right now?

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jonobbad // May 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Pardew making history again. Wrong type though Alan!

  • 2 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    We have no fight and thats what you need to stay up and we aint played for 90mins all season we wont do it for the next 2 games.

  • 3 Hatem's better than Messi // May 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    If we stay up by a point then Pardew will have played his cards right yesterday.

    If we go down … Villa and Wigan both gambled and went for the three points … we sat back and defended our clean sheet, thanks to Elliott saves and Carroll misguiding a few headers we scraped over the line.

    I really can’t stand Pardew he has to go.

  • 4 Hatem's better than Messi // May 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    I’m not sure maths is Pardew’s forte.

    Someone needs to sit him down with an abacus or a pile of matches and show him that we won’t be safe even if we win at QPR. Which I now doubt.
    Where’s the blood and guts?
    That was like sleep-walking to a point.
    Wake up you dozy f*****s we’re going down!!!

  • 5 roshan MAGPIE // May 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    pardew only makes history in bad ways

  • 6 roshan MAGPIE // May 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    how many of you think that 3 points are enough for our safety

  • 7 bri h // May 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Thought we played well yesterday against one of the best home records in the prem .any other day it would be a great result .We need to be positive {pardew}but i can see it going to goal difference between us and norwich .it could be a case of whoever has the lowest defeat last day stays up .newcastle 0 arsenal 1
    man city 2 norwich 0 would see us safe if we get a point each next sunday .

  • 8 beefman13 // May 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    If you take it season on season, this has been for me the most frustrating season i can ever remember, its been totally weird, the injuries the excuses the persistance in not changing tactics, the unwillingness not to drop certain pkayers, the unwillingness not to give others a real go, i mean shola gas scored 2 in 44 prem outings, yet we have a young fresh kid chomping ar the bit to get a game and all he has had is three cameo performances, pardew said in october that Campbell was already at sholas level, it just shows for me the click with the senior players, always plays a senioe before a youngun, jonas afain did not create anything in a midfield role, jusr runs around falling over, am sick of looking at his daft donkey face and big daft shola as well, oh lovely kids?!?!?! but there time has to be up at the toon same as our Manager.

  • 9 Toon Tang // May 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    looks like callum wanky mcspannaman is the face of wigans relegation ‘great escape’. His picture is all over everything the f*****g ugly little bastard

  • 10 wreker16 // May 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Roshan

    Yesterday I did. I’m more worried now though

  • 11 SupaToonKid // May 5, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Coloccini and Cabaye need to take charge of the the tactics, to benefit the player’s strengths, and lock Pardumb out of the dressing room. Surely they would work better than Pards and his ultra bad defensive/hoof ball tactics.

    I just hope somebody at the club can provide a rallying cry for the QPR game as we need a big win there like by 3 goals as 1-0 will do nothing to our goal difference. The match vs Arsenal I think we’ve got to look to win as well.

    Unfortunately I can see us in the bottom 3 by Tuesday as Sunderland & Wigan should get wins from Stoke & Swansea at home. Pards sets out to draw cos it’s in our hands, failing to realise if other teams win its not; the man is a bafoon!

    Key match I think could be Norwich vs West Brom as if WBA get a result or draw I can’t see the Canaries getting anything from Citteh. Well it’s a lot of ifs and buts so hopefully we can just get 4 or more points from the last 2 games.

    Pardew should be sacked whatever happens. I’d like Martinez to be brought in as the way Wigan play should be how our players play with Anita in the starting XI instead of Jonas. Martinez would be perfect for us in my opinion as he is young, great modern day football tactician and with more money than he has at Wigan + international players he could develop a great ambition for the club with great fluid passing/attacking play.

  • 12 fatash // May 5, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I thought we were ok the first half and looked like we might get more than a point but things changed as usual for the second half and we were a lot deeper made two amazing substitutions and played for the draw. We really needed to win and score goals this game as 40 points is no longer safe with half the table now in a relegation position and we are second favourites to go down. I can see us losing against QPR and Arsenal.
    I am sad to say I placed a bet on relegation after the WBA game, its looking good so far but I would rather lose than get relegated but it does give me a positive in a crap season.
    Thanks Alan Pardew for nothing.

  • 13 Jesus1983 // May 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Ipswich were relegated over 10 years ago while competing in the Uefa Cup. It was the year after George Burley won Manager of the Year. I remember they signed the likes of Finidi George.

    They were relegated on the last day…..shit this is starting to sound similar….

  • 14 FollowFollow // May 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Blackburn in 99

  • 15 sas // May 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Ipswich who finished fifth the season before they played in Europe and got relegated.

  • 16 JP...from The Rock // May 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    We are so poor and weak on the pitch it’s infuriating to see. Every week we play the same shite. We never look like scoring. If we rarely do look like scoring it only lasts 45 min max. Our new players seem to pass the responsibility to each other but no one grabs the bull by the horns. We look lost on the field and there has been no pass and move football all season.

    It is no surprise to see us so low in the league table as clearly we are currently the worst team in the league! With the talent we have it is a crime to be in this position.

    I used to back Pardew to be our long term manager – Not Anymore!

    Stats like; we have yet to score from a corner all season! One away win all season and constantly playing out of form players and being so negative in games, especially in the second half where we could have won it and to regularly play Strolla Ameobi- relying on a ‘striker’ that doesn’t score any goals ever to win us matches is nothing short of ridiculous!

    I am afraid to say but Pardew Out!

  • 17 scout // May 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I can see us being in the bottom 3 very soon. Sunderland will win and wigan will beat an awful swansea side midweek its over chaps, we wont beat qpr

  • 18 toonluvva // May 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Last season when we finished 5th Ashley decided to reward Pardew with a 8 year contract to provide “stability”

    At the time it was compared to Ferguson, Wengers and Moyes longer term stints providing a solid platform.

    It was wrong then because as the old saying goes “1 swallow does not make a summer” In football 1 good season does not automatically bring consistently good results over the coming years.

    I believe that the “contract” was to silence Pardew when there was not going be much investment in the summer.

    Now we are in real danger of relegation. Obviously I still believe that Wigan will run out of steam, but if this is the sort of consistency that Ashley wants, he does not share the hopes and ambitions of the Toon faithful.

    There are a number of problems at the club at present. Luckily, the most pressing can be solved by axing Llambias and Pardew.

    To be really effective, the sackings should take place as soon as possible allowing time for (please insert the name of the coach you want in the space provided) ___________________ to get to grips with the current squad and identify who goes and should come in..

    In the meantime, as a season ticket holder on the 10 year deal I’m wondering will it be PL or Championship for the remaining years?

  • 19 marcotoon // May 5, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I shall start with the negatives of which there are many, we’ve scored three goals in seven games, Wigan and Villa won and our fate is not in our own hands. The games between the unwashed and Stoke and Wigan and Swansea will have a huge bearing on our status. If Wigan or the unwashed win we are in serious trouble. The plus points are Colo was excellent, if only he had been around more and Elliot played well. What really angered me was not our reasult as I thought a point was the best we could get but the fact that Wigan’s new goalscorer is Mcmanamen, a filthy piece of scum who should have a life time ban from playing football, he should be stacking shelves at B&Q. We have two more cup finals and it isn’t over yet. I also wish to credit our, as ever, fantastic supporters who made the trip yesterday, they deserve so much better.
    KTF

  • 20 widowmagandapoke // May 6, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Marctoon i agree largely with what you say about Macmanaman. Not the tongue in cheek bit, but the fact that he cost us that game. If we had created a result in that game we would be much nearer safety and our confidence would be more intact




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