Last season Newcastle United went though a terrible string of games at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, and in the 13 league games from November 11th and the 1-0 defeat by West Ham at home, to the 2-1 defeat at home by Reading on 19th January, Newcastle had only 7 points – two wins and a draw out of a possible 39 points.
Alan Pardew – under pressure
In the Premier League, and especially at Newcastle, that’s cause for concern, and remember Chris Hughton was fired in December, 2010 when he picked up only two points in five league games, but in the previous three league games before that we had beaten West Ham away, Sunderland at home and Arsenal away – and we had hammered Sunderland 5-1 – our biggest win in eons.
So in those last eight league games Chris and Newcastle had picked up 11 points – but he was still shockingly fired.
Mike Ashley came in after the Norwich defeat in January, and to his credit brought in five good French players, and we just survived relegation last season.
But Alan Pardew will now be under pressure to start winning games, and there’s at least four reasons for that:
- Newcastle now have a much better squad and we should be seeing improved performances in the league, especially when we haven’t got any European games
- Alan Pardew needs to prove he’s the right man for the job, after last season poor performance
- We’re 5th bottom of the league – not where we expected to be after six games – and two very poor performances in the last two league games when we’ve conceded six goals
- Injuries to top players were a problem last season, but we’ve had almost a full squad available so far this season
The conventional wisdom is that Chris Hughton was fired because the then Managing Director Derek LLambias wanted a manager who would be more involved in the transfers, and was just waiting for a poor run of form to get rid of Hughton, and had refused to give Chris a new contract after we were promoted.
And Llambias was a big backer of Alan Pardew during the bad times last season, but he is no longer with the club, and instead we have Joe Kinnear in that position – which may not be good for Alan Pardew, and why he may now be under extreme pressure.
The game at Cardiff City is now an important game for Newcastle, and we cannot have another horror show like the one we had in the first half last night, and there’s no doubt Alan Pardew is now under pressure to deliver some wins.
What do you think?
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