Alan Pardew is now under pressure that is increasing with every new defeat, and on Saturday we lost our 5th game in a row, and the record of Newcastle over the last 18 games is simply appalling, and we have lost 13 of them, and won only four times.
Mike Ashley – on vacation in Florida right now
The powers that be at Newcastle have said they will judge Pardew at the end of the season, and we suppose it depends on whether we meet the pre-season target of a top ten finish, and while some weeks ago that looked like a foregone conclusion, that is not the case right now.
Crystal Palace have won their last five games while Newcastle have been losing their last five games, so with three games to go Palace are only 3 points behind us and Stoke City are only two points behind us.
It could be that Mike Ashley could fire Pardew if in fact we do finish in 11th place, and/or we lose all of our last three games.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Newcastle finishing in 10th place:
“I think they are very important to us for our state of mind as a club,’ ‘It would be damaging for us to drop out of the top 10 and I would like to think we will still secure that.”
“People who know me will know I stand up for myself but I have to do it in the right manner.” “I am a manager of a very big club here and I have to take responsibility when we lose.”
Pardew may be the manager of a big club – but the truth is we are looking very small at the moment, and to have Crystal Palace finish above us in the league would be embarrassing to say the least, since with 8 games to go they were 18 points behind us.
So it’s very important for both the club and particularly for manager Alan Pardew, that we don’t lose all three games, and of course we will probably lose at least two of them.
Arsenal have some of their top players back like Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, and they are playing very well, and to go to Liverpool on the final day of the season, when Liverpool could have already won the league for the first time since 1990, is a frightening thought – to say the least.
So our best chance is to beat Cardiff City in a couple of weeks at home, but we really should have been able to beat Swansea, but they ended up beating us, for their first away in the last 12 attempts.
And Cardiff beat us at home in January, and they beat Southampton away last weekend, and these teams are fighting like crazy – and it cannot be said that this current Newcastle United side are – they don’t seem to be bothered.
That’s the sad truth, and we just have to hope for the good of the club, that we can get at least one win before the end of the season.
But that will not be easy.