That Head Butt Started The Newcastle Decline

We were dominating Hull City on their ground on March 1st,  and winning 3-1 after 70 minutes or so, when the Newcastle manager reacted to a push from Hull City player David Meyler on the touchline, and Alan Pardew (softly) head-butted Meyler.

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Pardew head butts David Meyler

And almost immediately it was sports news around the world – a manager accosts an opposing team’s player – and Mike Ashley issued a terse statement on the Newcastle web-site that night, fining the manager £100,000 and warning him as to his future conduct.

It was a huge mistake by the Pardew, and at the time, after we had won the game 4-1, we had 43 points from 28 games and a goal difference of -2 – and still 10 games to play.

But in the eight games after that we got only three points, with a stoppage time winner against Crystal Palace, and failed to score in six of those games.

And then last week we won at home to Cardiff to break a six game losing streak in the Premier League – the first time that’s happened.

We now have 49 points from 37 games with a goal difference of -15.

So it looks like we’ll get only 6 points from our last 10 games with a defeat at Liverpool today, and we could have done so much better, and that seven game ban – stadium and touchline – seems to have started the terrible decline of Newcastle this season – and we got only 3 points in those games, losing six of them.

Alan Pardew has admitted as much:

“I’ve obviously let myself down on the touchline, for sure.” “The Hull incident was obviously a turning point I definitely didn’t want to have. I think that affected me and the team.

“I will make sure that never happens again. It stands out, if I’m honest, from anything else.” “I think I’ve made some calls this year where I could have been a bit more positive tactically.”

“That might have come from my situation sitting up in the stands.”

There will more protests today against both Pardew and owner Mike Ashley, but if the report in the Express today is true – Alan will keep his job.

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