This season was always going to be the season that Alan Pardew proved he was the right man for the job at Newcastle, after last season we struggled mightily against relegation, and it was probably the five Frenchmen we brought fifteen months ago that saved us from relegation.
Alan Pardew – in serious trouble at Newcastle
Of course the Europa League didn’t help us at all, with all the extra (14 of them) games, but our squad simply wasn’t big enough, and there seemed good reasons why we fared so badly in the Premier League.
This season we started off well enough, and in the first 18 league games we were sitting pretty in 6th place in the league with 33 points, after we had hammered Stoke 5-1 at home - yes they had only 9 men.
But then the rot has set in, and in our last 15 league games, its been hopeless and we have lost ten of them and taken only 13 points from a possible 45.
And it gets worse than that, because in 11 of those games we have failed to score a goal.
Yes, we have Loic Remy out – but it says nothing about Papiss Cisse, Luuk de Jong and Shola Ameobi that we look so utterly hopeless up front, and hardly look like scoring a goal.
And last season our defense was very poor, and we conceded 65 goals – the most we have ever conceded in the Premier League.
But after 33 games played, we have conceded 51 goals, and have the 4th worst goals against record in the league, and even bottom-placed Sunderland have only conceded 48 goals.
So you can hardly accuse Newcastle of improving their defense this season.
We have four players out at the moment – maybe our best four players – Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy. Tim Krul and Moussa Sissoko, but with the players we have left we should be doing much better than the results show.
So you have to think that Alan Pardew is not getting the best out of his players – and that’s always the best measurement of a manager.
Mike Ashley will have a decision to make soon – and that’s whether he keeps Alan Pardew and his coaching staff at Newcastle, because if the owner wants to make a change, it should be before Newcastle start to bring players in and let others leave in the summer.
We never really thought that Pardew would be replaced this summer, but with every defeat – especially 4-0 defeats – that possibility looks like becoming more likely with every defeat – and it’s based on Alan Pardew’s record at Newcastle.
Nothing more, nothing less.
What do you think?