With 12 games still to play this season, it’s difficult to know how Newcastle will perform before our last game at Liverpool on Sunday, May 11th.
Alan Pardew – unfortunate records at Newcastle
We certainly hope it’s better than we’ve done in the last eight league games, since we’ve lost six and failed to score in seven of them.
And in that bad run we’ve lost for the third successive time to Sunderland for the first time since back in 1923, and we’ve also lost four home league games in a row for the first time since 1977, and in the season we were relegated from the old First Division in May of 1978.
And it’s actually even worse than that because we lost 2-1 to Cardiff in the FA Cup so it’s five successive home losses in all competitions.
Those are not good stats for Alan Pardew to have, and the Newcastle manager still has to prove himself this season, after the disastrous season we had last term.
And while Alan may still be able to turn things around this term, last season we lost 10 league games in 13, ending with that terrible loss at home to Reading, who were eventually relegated – and Alan was fortunate to escape the sack.
And Pardew’s poor record in cup games – we’ve lost four of five FA Cup games since he arrived, and the poor record against bitter rivals Sunderland certainly don’t help him, and remember his overall record against Gus Poyet is 4-0 at the moment.
But obviously for the sake of the club we hope the manager can turn things around, and we hope our players don’t turn out to be wimps – but we saw too many good imitations of wimps in black and white shirts on Wednesday night for comfort.
If things don’t get better quickly, then it wouldn’t surprise us if this is Alan’s last season at the club, because at the moment he’s on very thin ice.
But on the positive side a good run through the end of the season will save Newcastle and it will save Alan Pardew too.
What do you think?
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