Newcastle gave out many signals over the last few weeks, that Alan Pardew and his coaching staff, including the popular John Carver would not be fired, and sure enough, we learned yesterday that the management team will be kept in place for next season.
Pardew and assistant Carver – one season to prove themselves
But after what was a terrible season in the Premier League, with excuses made from not enough players, too many injuries, and playing in the Europa league (that’s an excuse?) – we don’t think Alan will get many more chances.
And it will be vitally important for him and Newcastle to get off to a good start next season, because the last thing Mike Ashley (we’ll not even mention the fans) wants to see is Newcastle struggling against relegation again.
And it was really the final six games of the season – once we were eliminated form the Europa league and we were told things would be a lot easier – that caused Newcastle all kinds of grief.
We lost three successive games at home to Sunderland, Liverpool and Arsenal – by scores of 3-0, 6-0 and 1-0 respectively, and on the road we picked up draws at West Brom, West Ham and a narrow win at QPR.
So that was just 5 points from those final six games – but if we had done reasonably well – say 11 points from those six games – three wins and two draws and a defeat – which was not unreasonable with three games at home and a game at bottom of the league QPR – we would have finished with 47 points in 9th place.
After all in the nine games since they beat Sunderland 3-1, QPR lost seven and drew two – two points out of a possible 27.
So it was after the Europa League when we also had the five Frenchmen available and no games in mid-week where Newcastle – and Alan Pardew – failed badly, and in that time we scored just 3 times in two of the games, and conceded 12. ..
So Alan Pardew has dodged a bullet – but now he must perform next season, and convince a growing number of doubtful Newcastle fans that he’s the right man for the job.
We hope he succeeds, because we want Newcastle to succeed.
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