This has been a shocking season for Newcastle United, and after finishing 5th top last season and having a shot at a top four place, we have finished 5th bottom this season, and were fighting relegation – how’s that for a turnaround – in the wrong direction.
Alan Pardew – second worst season ever in Premier league
But we suppose we have to look on the bright side – we didn’t get relegated.
Newcastle played well today – but we didn’t have any luck in the 1-0 loss to Arsenal, and it didn’t look that we had many players who could put the ball in the back of the net either.
But we managed to drop 3 places in the league table to finish in 16th position – but just above Sunderland who finished one place lower after losing 1-0 at Tottenham.
Newcastle fans are not happy with what’s happened this season, and yes – we know – that’s an understatement, but it seems that Alan Pardew will be given a chance next season to turn things around quickly – and he’ll have to do just that next season.
And in many respects this has been our worst Premier League season ever – most goals conceded at 68 and worst goal difference ever at -23, and it was only -19 when we were relegated four years ago when we conceded only 59 goals.
41 points is the second worst points total to 34 points four years ago, and 43 points in both 2007 and 2008.
This is what the 51 year-old manager said after today’s game, when the team failed for a second time in two years to win the game and get a £1M bonus for the non-playing staff from owner Mike Ashley:
“I’m pretty confident I’ll be the manager here.” “I love being the manager and I will be speaking to owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias this week to make sure we get a response and the right reaction.”
“It was the depth, really, and quality we need to improve on. But next year, we haven’t got that pressure and we can go week to week in this Premier League.” “But we are not going to be foolish enough to think that we don’t have a couple of issues to sort out in the team.”
“They are not major issues, but certainly one or two players to add to offer us a different look.”
It’s a season to forget – and we’ve almost already done that – and we have to look forward to some good business conducted in the summer transfer window.
But make no mistake – the players and the coaching staff have let the Newcastle club down this season – and we should add Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias to that list because our squad last August was simply not big enough or good enough to compete in both the Premier League or the Europa League.
It’s up to them to get us back where we belong next season – and a top six finish would be good – and we should also try to reach the finals of both the FA Cup and league Cup.
That has to be the goals for next season when we’ll have a lot less games because we are not good enough to get into Europe.
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