It’s generally agreed that Newcastle have a much better and bigger squad this season, than we had at this time last year, and because Newcastle are not in Europe this year and have fewer games, it is expected that Newcastle can do well, and finish in the upper half of the table with no relegation worries.
Alan Pardew - must get results
But losing twice in a row to Sunderland is never good for any Newcastle manager, and it’s the first time this has happened since 1967, so that’s not a good record for Alan to have.
It makes the upcoming games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham likely to become very important for the manager.
It’s not good for your job prospects as a Newcastle manager if you keep losing to Sunderland, especially when Sunderland have been struggling so much in the Premier League, before they beat Newcastle twice this year.
As long as Alan Pardew can get Newcastle doing well this season, all will be well, but after what happened last season, when Newcastle were amazingly fighting relegation, he will likely not get a second chance if things go south.
We lost 10 of 13 successive league games last season, and gained only 7 points – starting with our 1-0 home loss to West Ham on 11th November, and ending with our 2-1 home loss to Reading on 19th January, and Alan will need to do much better this season.
If Newcastle do start to struggle against relegation, it could be that owner Mike Ashley thinks the manager is simply not getting the best out of what looks like a good squad of players.
So Newcastle must hold their own and do well against Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham in the next couple of weeks.
We really hope that’s what happens.