Since Boxing Day of last year Newcastle have played 27 league games – won five and drawn four, and lost a massive 18 – and at any other Premier League club the manager would have been fired, but not at Newcastle.
To put this into perspective over a 38 game Premier League season that would be 27 points and certain relegation.
Mike Ashley – stubborn Newcastle owner
In fact there were 12 sackings of Premier League clubs last season, and managers were shown the door with better records than Alan Pardew has had this year.
And this season we have continued last season’s poor form with three draws and three defeats in our first six games, and are now joint bottom of the league with newly promoted Burnley.
We take on Swansea in south Wales tomorrow afternoon, and Swansea are in much better shape than Newcastle, and are strong favorites to win the game, and a massive 85% of Newcastle fans think we will lose the game.
So what happens if we lose the game tomorrow afternoon?
There are rumors that Ashley will still keep Pardew on board, but the more games we lose the more likely it is that we will be facing another season long relegation fight, so how long will the owner keep faith in the current manager?
While Alan Pardew and his staff will cost Ashley compensation if he fires them, we still think a clause in their contracts will limit the amount of payout from the club – although that could still amount to as much as £5M – since usually they are given one year’s salary when dismissed without cause.
It’s hard to think things at Newcastle could become even worse than they are at the moment, but every defeat makes that the case, and if we are beaten again tomorrow, the question will be whether Mike Ashley will finally lose confidence in Alan Pardew and bring in a new manager over the International break.
If we lose tomorrow and no action is taken, as happened last Monday night at Stoke City, it’s going to be a long and hard two weeks for Newcastle fans, until our next game two weeks tomorrow.
We play at home to newly promoted Leicester City – which would then be another must-win game – and another game full of protests from the fans.
At least bringing in a new manager would allow fans to get behind the new manager, as we try to make a big push for safety this season – but that will never happen as long as Pardew is the manager.
The longer this situation goes on, the more chance we will have of becoming a second division club next season – it’s that bad.
There’s already too much bad feeling on Tyneside, and it’s not helped by Ashley’s ban on five different newspapers, and it’s getting hard to get questions asked at the press conferences, there are so many sports journalists banned.
What a terrible way to run a football club.
When will this nightmare end?
You can follow us on our three social media sites below: