Mike Ashley Will Have Big Decision To Make

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.

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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:

Sat 18	15:00	H	Leicester City			
Sun 26	13:30	A	Tottenham				

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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8 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Oct 9, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Forget the 10th match, we could potentially get 15 points from 15 matches which would make the club more secure. If we don’t have by the time we play Chelsea, AP should be gone.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Relegation season was DRAW season.I can say that we need to escape from draw games.That year Joe Kinnear had a lot of draw games(the most in the PL at that time) and he went to hospital because of heart problems.I still think that that year if he stayed in the club relegation would never happened but still draw result is a dangerous result.But Newcastle is a club more than fighting relegation club.Next two games will answer a lot of questions about Pardew future.It is not time for panic yet but soon will be.We must remember that one win=three draw games.That is three MORE games that can lead some clubs towards relegation.

  • nufc 11

    Oct 9, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    I think the fans should go away and form their own club ‘NEWCASTLE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB’ something like what the Wimbledon AFC did. Why not ? every big city in England has two some 3 or 4 so why not? Let MA and AP keep their fcuking club and do what they want with it. Get a good football man to run it ( id even take Freddy Sheppard back) and a manager that wants to play football to manage it who knows with the right backing in 10 years a second club in Newcastle City could be playing PL football id rather spend my money on something like that than spend another penny on MA and co.

  • mecannylad

    Oct 9, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Picking up on nufc11and contining dreaming.
    What if a local consortium headed by say a part time involvement with a Rob Lee type figure bought Gateshead FC for example and renamed it Newcastle City Footbal Club (still in The Conference)….. and we run with it as a protest team but still competitive.
    Hmmm?!! Quite a thought …. imagine if we could get it into League 2 …. and then momentum took over as ashley slipped.
    Wake up !!!

  • dannitoon

    Oct 9, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #5

    I actually think we will win 2 and draw 2

  • toonluvva

    Oct 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Mr Ashley is concentrating on Rangers at the moment.

    Mr Charnley will be trying to keep him in the loop regarding day to day running of NUFC.

    To Ashley, if he has confidence in P45due then there is no decision to be made. Things will change if we are still deep in the mire at the end of January!

  • Sav

    Oct 9, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #7

    In all honesty, if relegation means mONSTER mASH switches his allegiance to Rangers and sells Newcastle to a decent owner, it won’t be a bad thing. Obviously, iif there’s spending in January and we start performing, great. But ultimately we look as if next year and the year after it will be more of the same, limping along under this regime. Relegation will clear some deadwood, Dummett, Taylor, Lascalles and Williamson will make a good Championship defence. Krul and Tiote will leave but they probably would have anyway. Armstrong and Aarons and Abheid will get matches and of course, there will be new management and coaches. I’m not advocating it but relegation holds few fears for us this time around.

  • magpiefifer

    Oct 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Ashley won’t get rid of Pardew soon enough – unwilling to pay out big compensation!?This problem is Ashley’s making -giving Pardew a ludicrous 8-year contract.
    By the time he does eventually show Pardew the door we will be on our way to the Championship!!!!


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