When Are Enough Defeats Enough?

When you hold a prominent position at a company and you don’t perform, and it’s obvious you are not performing up to requirements, three things can happen – you can be moved out to another job in what is called a sideways move, you can be fired, or you can take the initiative and go find yourself another job at another company, before the hammer comes down.

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Alan Pardew – managing during a dark period at Newcastle

And at the moment we have Alan Pardew and his coaching staff, along with the playing staff, who seem to be proving week after week that they are not good enough to be at Newcastle United.

Swansea have been struggling mightily both on and off the field recently, but they still managed to beat us yesterday 2-1,  albeit with a penalty in stoppage time, but that’s now five successive league defeats and that’s the most consecutive league defeats in the Premier League era, by any Newcastle manager.

If Freddy Shepherd had been Chairman, then nobody would get to that record, because they would have been sacked before that – and that’s why under Shepherd managers like Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder all lasted less than eighteen months as Newcastle manager.

But firing the manager all the time produced its own confusion and instability, and it was very costly too.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has taken a different tact, and he has kept Pardew in the job for stability, even though we struggled mightily against relegation last season.

This season was always a season that Pardew had to prove that he was good enough to be the Newcastle United manager, and while we did great getting 33 points from our first 18 games, we are now sinking like a rock.

We’ve lost 13 of the last 18 games in all competitions, including losing twice to both Sunderland and Swansea this season – and in fact Swansea have now beaten us all four times we have met over the last two seasons.

This run of league defeats is still not over, and we still have Arsenal, Cardiff City and Liverpool to play this season – so if we lose all three games, will Alan Pardew still be the manager for next season?

That’s a question Newcastle fans are asking, and wondering when Mike Ashley will take some action to get Newcastle back on tact, and try to make us into a club that challenges for a top six position again.

Unfortunately, that may never be the case under this current Newcastle owner.

That’s the (very) inconvenient truth – it seems.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Blofal

    Apr 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Something has to give. The question is what will it be?

  • hibbit

    Apr 20, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2

    JFA that me got2 boys started to take them 3 seasons ago same way my dad started with me but this looks like its the end even my lads are now saying its no fun

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Happy Easter fellow Toon fans

  • magicbus

    Apr 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Ash to keep Pards on just to annoy as as is his way or spends our war chest of £3 mill to get Pullis. Happy days

  • Sav

    Apr 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    The alternative scenario is that we coast to the finish after selling Cabaye, unreplaced, with smug Mike saying I told you so and pocketing the cash. AT LEAST Fatboy is going to have to start and realise you can’t run a football club like a turned-over business cut to the bone and that if the club does not swim, it will sink.
    Its your call, Monster Mash. Place your bets…

  • mfw13

    Apr 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #6

    The problem with the analogy is that Pardew is not the one who sold Cabaye and failed to replace him.

    It’s like blaming the CEO for the company doing poorly after the board fired the COO against the CEO’s will and decided not to hire anybody to replace him.

    It should be no surprise to anybody, least of Mike Ashley, that Newcastle have performed horribly since Cabaye’s sale. Just look at how poorly we played in the past when he was injured.

    Pardew may be a mediocre manager, but he’s not to blame for the fact that Ashley sold the club’s best player out from under him mid-season. Or have we all forgotten how well Pardew had the team playing before Cabaye was sold?

  • K T Cat

    Apr 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Happy Easter indeed!

    I’ve never blamed this mess on Pardew and I still don’t, but I now think he needs to go. Ashley needs to hire some bargain basement manager and fill next year’s squad with Championship-level talent. He can make lots of money as the team gets relegated. Maybe after that he’ll wake up and either support it the way it needs to be supported or sell.

    It’s too bad Pardew wasn’t given some decent signings and allowed to keep Cabaye, We’d be talking Europa right now instead of watching this rubbish.


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