Newcastle’s form has not been good since Boxing Day, and that’s an understatement, and in our last 19 games in all competitions we have lost 14 of them, and we’ve failed to score in 13 of them.
Alan Pardew last night at the Emirates
And with a record like that you have to wonder just how good the Newcastle players are for the future, since it seems the team has completely collapsed this year, and too many of the players seem to have all but given up the ghost.
And that form would in normal circumstances have had the manager fired, and last season’s run of 10 defeats in 13 league games would also have seen any other Premier League manager fired, but for whatever reason, owner Mike Ashley has kept Pardew on board.
And when you remember this season was always going to be the season that Alan Pardew had to prove he was the right man to move Newcastle forward, it’s been a terrible collapse for him since Boxing Day.
And we are sure there will be big transfer money available in the summer, if only because Mike Ashley wants to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
There’s the £20M from the Cabaye sale in January, and a sizable payout of around £80M from the Premier League next month, and Newcastle’s finances are in excellent condition.
The transfer targets have already been identified, principally by Chief Scout Graham Carr and his scouting team in consultation with Alan Pardew himself, but if Ashley is going to bring in a new manager at the end of the season, he needs to move very quickly.
We didn’t really expect to get anything at Arsenal, although we were still hoping of a shock result in Newcastle’s favor, and the game really went as expected, with 89% of our readers thinking we would lose.
And we did, and it was a no contest in truth, with the London side completely in control after the first 20 minutes.
The game on Saturday against Cardiff City could be Alan Pardew’s last chance to show he should stay on as the manager at Newcastle, since our last game of the season is at Liverpool, and they will probably be too good for us, and be too motivated too. 🙁
Newcastle fans will support the side on Saturday afternoon as always, although apparently some fans are pushing hard for a walkout at the game.
But the players have to show early on they are determined to win the game, and they need to show their commitment by their actions on the field – words are just too cheap in this serious situation.
What do you think?