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5th Top To 5th Bottom – Only At Newcastle

8:24 am, Monday, May 20th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

And to think last August we had dreams of doing well in the Europa League and again challenging for a top six position or even a top four position in the Premier League.

alan pardew after manu 4-3 loss

Alan Pardew – after one of the many disappointments this season

But as so often happens at Newcastle, those dreams were not realized, and while to be fair, we did well in the Europa League , we did very poorly in the Premier League and finished in our second lowest position ever – 16th place and 5th bottom.

The fans have done their part this season, with average home gates of around 51,000 and there’s not too many clubs can boast that level of home support, not to mention the excellent support the team has been given on the road – when we achieved just two away wins.

But you cannot say that faith or support has been repaid on the field – at least not in the Premier League.

And to make things even worse, we have been humiliated by scores of 7-3 at Arsenal – the most number of goals conceded in a long time by Newcastle, and then after we were eliminated from the Europa League and were told all will be well because of fewer games, we were humiliated 3-0 by Sunderland and 6-0 by Liverpool at St. James’ Park.

The only good thing yesterday is that we weren’t further humiliated by Arsenal, and the lads actually played very well, but it was our 19th league defeat of the season – so we lost half our games. :(

But it could have been worse we suppose – we could have been relegated and then the cat would have really been put among the pigeons.

We weren’t relegated, and that’s a huge relief and a huge plus, but exactly what we’ll get served up next season is hard to know – although we are optimistic.

If ever anybody tells you that Newcastle are an easy team to support,  point them to the last couple of seasons for how the roller coaster works at Newcastle United Football Club.

Newcastle are one of the most difficult teams to support in England. – and unfortunately they keep proving that to their fans.

We must do a lot better next season.

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 spitfire_ // May 20, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Pardew OUT!

  • 2 Indian Magpie // May 20, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Pardew is still a Fetish – only at newcastle.

  • 3 Rotonda heights // May 20, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Shane @ 71

    Ben Arfa won 5 titles in France under proper managers.

    You just know that the team we put our yesterday under a Wenger / Benitez / Blanc / Rikjeard would just play with a completely different mindset.

    Where was the show Pardew was going to put on?

    No one-twos, no overlapping, no movement beyond the man with the ball, no supporting triangles. Absolutely dire.

  • 4 Indian Magpie // May 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I believe HBA will stay, His reaction at QPR after the pebnalty gave it away ;)

  • 5 jimmysmith // May 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    We’ll get mince, Ed.

  • 6 JAMSHA // May 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Repost

    nxt season
    ———————–Krul————————
    Debuchy——-Sakho——–Colo————Mopo
    HBA—————–CABAYE—————MARVO
    ——–BENTEKe——Cisse——Lukaku———-

    an yes pardew out… he would make lukaku n benteke play like league 1 players

  • 7 Transfer Sage // May 20, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    rotonda

    Ben arfa may have won 5 titles but he isn’t a world class player.

    World class talent without the brain to match. His decision making is terrible.

    For a guy with his talent he never once had a season where he managed 20+goals in france like hazard did.

    He gets too few goals/assists for what talent he has, and thats with us or in france, so can’t blame pardew for that.

  • 8 kevymartins // May 20, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Good morning gents. If only we played all season like we did yesterday.

    A winger or 2 brought in is a must and if shola gos then 3 strikers aswell.

  • 9 kevymartins // May 20, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    @Indian only way I can see HBA going is if spurs sell bale. It would be hard to replace him could do it with 2 players though hba and someone else.

  • 10 Transfer Sage // May 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    If we got a good offer for HBA, say 20mil I’d snap your hand off for it.

    He is a very good player but that kind of money can bring us in 2/3 very good players.

  • 11 kevymartins // May 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    @Transfer I doubt we would get offered 20mil for him. He had a bad season and I think pardrew knows he couldn’t sell him for under 20mil the fans love him to much.

  • 12 Rotonda heights // May 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    sage we can blame pardew for never having passing options

  • 13 Santon03 // May 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    IF our play needs to have 2 wingers with great dribbling skills, we actually already have them : Santon and HBA.
    Hopefully SAnton play as wingers and let MYM play as LB, I believe Santon will give more contribution than Jonas or Gouffran as LW.

  • 14 Rotonda heights // May 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Kevy

    Do you mean with no shots on goal !!!! same old, same old.

    You must have an incredible pain threshold

  • 15 sparky55 // May 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    yesterday was another damage limitation exercise…he knew our chances of getting beaten by an arsenal team who were unbeaten in 10 matches were pretty high and for some really stupid reason he told us he was going to put on a show but yet again gave us another pathetic defensive display that was geared up not to lose badly. We went in 1-0 down and then defended for the whole of the second half because in Pardews sick little mind he thinks he’ll be able sell a 1-0 defeat against arsenal as progress.

    on the basis we’d shipped 9 and scored none in the last two home games then it is progress but not of the acceptable kind.

    can’t remember the last time we lost three home games on the bounce without scoring a goal…if that’s not a show of lack of ambition and nouse that what is

    SACK HIM BEFORE HE DESTROYS OUR WONDERFUL CLUB!

  • 16 Scottiedog // May 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    We need to get grit back into our team like when we fought back against Arsenal last time to make it 4-4, we need the likes of Nolan and Barton back, players that get pissed off when we are losing and actually fight back to win! Looking at the players we have got and yesterdays performance we were awful. TBH unless we ship out some of the prima donnas and start getting proper experience in we are f******d next season :-((

  • 17 stuart no9 // May 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    kevy@8

    Good morning gents. If only we played all season like we did yesterday.———–we would be relegated. Not 1 shot at goal in 90 mins —- mmm

  • 18 Sinner // May 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    I willing to give Pardew another season but if results don’t start to pick up in the first few games, he needs to go.He keeps blaming everything but himself. Pathetic!

  • 19 terencelim // May 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    top 5th team under Freddie and bottom 10th team under Mike Ashley.




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