Newcastle are one point worse off after seven games played, than we were when we got relegated to the second division in the 2008-2009 season.
Mike Ashley – big decision to make
After seven league games in that season we had 5 points, but we had gained four of those points while Kevin Keegan was still at the club, with a draw at Manchester United and a 1-0 home win against Bolton in the first two games.
But then all hell was let loose on the final day of the transfer window, when Dennis Wise brought in Xisco and on loan Uruguayan midfielder Nacho Gonzalez, without the knowledge of manager Kevin Keegan.
And Kevin left the club, and we lost our next four league games before drawing 2-2 at Everton.
In the next four games we got two wins and a draw under interim manager Joe Kinnear, as Ashley went about trying to sell the club, so after 11 games in that relegation season we had 12 points.
We will need 8 points from our next four games just to equal that record of our relegation season, and here are the next four league games:
October Sat 18 15:00 H Leicester City Sun 26 13:30 A Tottenham November Sat 01 12:45 H Liverpool Sun 09 13:30 A WBA
That’s going to be very tough, but we will be expected to win our home game against Leicester City, but those other games look tough, so unless we can start winning very soon, we will still have fewer points than in our relegation season after 11 games played.
And that’s why Mike Ashley will face a tough decision (very) soon, because if we continue to linger at the bottom of the league, he has to decide rather quickly whether to keep faith in Alan Pardew – who has just a terrible record this year.
The alternative is to fire Pardew and his coaching staff, and bring in a good manager – like Davide Moyes for example – while he is still available.
It could come as early as our next game, because it will be a huge disappointment if we cannot beat Leicester City at home, and that looks to be one of our easiest games of the next four league games, although the next game after WBA is a home game against QPR.
And that game against QPR is already shaping up to be a relegation six pointer, with QPR again at the bottom of the Premier League.
We’re sure the last thing Mike Ashley wants is Newcastle in the second division again, so he may have to give up on his loyalty to Alan Pardew to save the club from a second relegation under his watch as owner of the club.
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