Newcastle had lost four games on the trot before the Swansea game on Saturday, but 51,000 fans still turned up for the game, and although Newcastle again did not play very well, the fans kept with the team until the end – the end being when Swansea scored a last minute penalty to make Alan Pardew the first Newcastle manager ever to lose five Premier League games in a row.
Mike Ashley – singularly unsuccessful as Newcastle owner
And last season we lost five of six league games on one of our bad runs that ended when Everton beat us 2-1 at home in the first game of last year.
So our record over the last two seasons has hardly been good – in fact apart from the first 18 games this season, when we did very well and gained 33 points, we’ve looked like a relegation side.
That’s not an opinion – that’s based on the facts.
We have lost 17 games this season and that’s how many we lost all of last season when we were 5th bottom, and we have only 5 points more than last season at the moment, and it’s going to be hard to add any more than 3 points to that total.
Here’s the Newcastle league record over the last two season.
Played Won Draw Lost GF GA GD Points 38 9 12 17 45 68 -23 41 35 14 4 17 39 54 -15 46 73 23 16 34 84 122 -38 97
And we will not even go into how we have done in the local Cup competitions over the last two seasons.
We have improved on our goals against tally this season, and the goal difference is a little bit better – but over a full season the records over the last two seasons would give us around 12 wins,eight draws and 18 losses, for a points total of 44 – which would see us in the bottom ten.
And we will not score as many goals as we did last season.
So while it looked like this season was going to be a (very) good one, we may not finish in the top ten, and the record is not too much better than it was last season.
And seeing both Liverpool and Everton coming away so well this season is even harder to take, since we now seem to be miles behind the top six clubs in England – the two Manchester clubs. Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.
And Everton and Southampton may also be ahead of Newcastle these days.
It’s simply not good enough for Newcastle United, as Mathieu Debuchy pointed out after the game on Saturday, and the way my son Neil deals with all of this is he’s just waiting for the summer and has given up on this season.
That’s interesting because that’s what most of Newcastle’s players have done also – given up on this season – and watching Newcastle’s games this season has been very (very) painful.
Now the question is what is the owner going to do about it in the summer?
That’s the big question – and we just have to hope Mike gets an injection of enthusiasm and ambition for Newcastle, because in the last seven years we have had only one top ten finish.
And if he doesn’t want to make Newcastle United great again – why did he ever buy the club in the first place?