Alan Pardew has obviously been thinking of what to say in his defense to Mike Ashley early next week, and one of the points he’s come up with is that you have to go back to 2006, since a manager got more points in the Premier League than the 49 points Newcastle have got this year – that’s apart from the 65 points we got two years ago and finished 5th top with Pardew in charge – it’s a surprising thing – but it’s true.
Alan Pardew – more points than anybody since Glenn Roeder
This is what Alan Pardew said to the press yesterday:
“I remember losing to Millwall 3-0 when I was at West Ham,” “As West Ham manager, that is not really a good thing to do. I had a few tricky weeks there.”
“At a club like Newcastle, you are going to have down times, it is going to be a rocky road. Every manager has experienced that. In the last seven Premier League seasons I think I have got more points than any other manager, even this year.”
“So I’ve got to try and lean towards the positives for myself, but not hide away from the fact that I’ve got to be better, and that’s what I want to try and do.
“I turned it around at West Ham and as a manager it happens more times than you think. I’ve had periods here as well where it’s been very, very difficult. Last year, we went to QPR and we really, really needed to win that game.
“There are games in your career that you really, really need to win to give yourself some breathing space or give yourself a chance to take the club forward.”
“At Reading I had moments, I lost a play-off final with West Ham to Crystal Palace who had come from nowhere. There are many, many moments. It is not just one or two.”
That’s true what Alan says about the last seven years, it’s actually eight – because you have to go back to 2006, and Glenn Roeder when we finished on 58 points and 7th place to find somebody who had done better than our current 49 points, and of course Pardew had 65 points two years ago and 5th place.
Glenn took over from the sacked Graeme Souness in early February 2006, and won six of our last seven league games that season, but was fired by Freddy Shepherd the following May, just before Mike Ashley bought the club.
And our record over the last seven years is more of an indictment of Mike Ashley’s reign at Newcastle, which has been anything but successful. 🙁
Here are the points we’ve got since 2006, with the PL position and the manager(s):
2006 – 58 – 7th – Souness, Roeder
2007 – 43 – 13th – Roeder
2008 – 43 – 12th – Allardyce, Keegan
2009 – 34 – 18th – relegated – Keegan, Kinnear, Hughton, Shearer
2011 – 46 – 12th – Hughton, Pardew
2012 – 65 – 5th – Pardew
2013 – 41 – 16th – Pardew
And this year we’ll finish 9th or 10th on 49, 50 or 52 points – probably 49 points.
What do you think?