In 23 league game since the start of the year – Newcastle have only four wins – against West Ham and Hull City on the road, and Crystal Palace and Cardiff City at home.
We have also drawn three games against Norwich City, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace this year.
Mike Ashley – not a good day at the office
So that’s 16 defeats in the last 23 games and only 15 points, which is worse than relegation form.
We’ll not even mention we lost in the FA Cup at home to Cardiff City – in addition to the terrible league record – but we did beat Gillingham 1-0 in the League Cup a few weeks back.
With that league record over 38 games we would collect 25 points, and that would be relegation for any team in the Premier League since it started back in 1992.
We said back in January of last year that Pardew’s record of losing 10 of 13 league games culminating in our first ever defeat by Reading was just cause for Pardew to lose his job.
But he was spared and Ashley brought in five Frenchman that January, and we only narrowly survived relegation, by beating QPR on the road in our second last league game and relied on Wigan losing some of their games in the run-in.
Pardew’s record this year is just cause for the sack, and since we lost seven of the last eight league games and now have drawn two and lost two this season – that is another terrible run of form – 5 points from the last 36 played for.
But for some reason Mike Ashley will not fire Alan Pardew, and the news in some of Sunday’s papers such as the Guardian and even the Chronicle, is that Pardew will not be fired – not this week anyway.
We hope Newcastle can turn this thing around against Hull City this Saturday, and 3 points would give us 5 points from our first 5 league games which is fairly decent – and we wouldn’t be bottom of the league.
But our concern is that the fans will naturally be against Pardew on Saturday, especially if we make another bad start to the game, which we have done in the last two outings.
That first 30 seconds against Hull is going to be tense. 😀
Newcastle still have ample time to recover of course and we cannot panic, but once you get in the relegation zone, players tend to lose their confidence, and it gets hard to pull out and something of a lift – like a new manager for instance – is needed.
At the very least Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley should be doing some planning work, and looking at which managers are available and who would be willing to come in as the next Newcastle manager – in case we lose the next few games.
We don’t think Mike Ashley is stupid enough to hang on for too long if we are not picking up sufficient points – if only because he wants Newcastle to remain in the Premier League and pick up that big money.
Ashley’s limited vision for Newcastle United is to remain in the top 10 in the Premier League, and not be fighting relegation.
We suppose that’s his definition of a successful Newcastle season.
It’s looking like Alan Pardew will get at least another game to turn things around.
What do you think?
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