There’s not much good news around about Newcastle United at the moment, and after sitting pretty on Boxing Day when we had 33 points from our first 18 games, and we were in 6th place, one point behind Everton, two points behind Liverpool and only 4 points behind Chelsea – we have collapsed since then, and are now in 9th place with a decent possibility we will sink to 11th place.
Fabricio Coloccini - must start playing as a team
At that time after we had slaughtered a 9 man Stoke side 5-1, we were 17 points ahead of Crystal Palace and 12 points ahead of Stoke City, but both those teams could now catch us – and if that happens it seems that Alan Pardew could lose his job.
Fabricio Coloccini has been talking in the local press about things, and this is what he had to say yesterday:
“It’s not been good enough.” “We are trying to win every game but our current form is not good enough. The fans are angry – we have to accept that.”
“When you are not playing well, this is what happens.” “Recently we’ve been missing some players through injury like Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko.
“It will be good to have them back once they are fit, they are top players.” “But if you are playing badly then it doesn’t matter who is in your team.”
“We have to start playing like a team again. We want to finish as high up the table as possible and want to finish with some wins for the supporters.”
Since Boxing day in our 17 league games we have only 13 points – 4 wins and a draw – and are bottom of the league in those games, and Liverpool are top – and in those 17 games Liverpool have gained 32 points on us - almost 2 points a game.
We could go on, but it’s not good, but suffice to say that if we do finish in 11th place, and Stoke and Crystal Palace do catch us, it’s looking increasingly likely that Alan Pardew will lose his job, and Alan may still go even if we finish in 10th place.
This is the second season running that Newcastle have been in crisis during the run-in to the season.
It’s not good.