Newcastle More Likely To Finish In Top 10 Than Be Relegated

There’s a decent article on the Betfair site today – and it’s quite positive about Newcastle United, which is why we are pointing it out, and it’s after we were able to secure our first win of the season on Saturday.

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Alan Pardew Saturday – looks like Obertan had him going the wrong way 😀

It’s a short piece on Newcastle, but it’s also a positive piece:

Newcastle are playing for Pardew

Having traded as low as 1-17 in the ‘Next Manager to Leave’ market, Alan Pardew is now out to 3-7 and it’s easy to see why with his Newcastle team on a run of just two defeats in nine games in all competitions.

The victory over Leicester may have been the Magpies’ first in the Premier League this season, but since the 4-0 humbling at Southampton (the north-east teams don’t like it down there do they?) there has been nothing wrong with their desire and work rate.

They are now shorter to finish in the top 10, at 5-3, than they are to be relegated, at 5-6.

It’s true than in the nine games since we lost 2-0 at home to Manchester City in our first game of the season, we have had two defeats (4-0 at Southampton and 1-0 at Stoke) three wins, two of them in the Capital One Cup and four draws.

In fact the only very poor performance this season has been at Southampton to be honest – where we were a disgrace – but Sunderland were even worse than that on Saturday, losing by an incredible 8-0, and a number of their players gave up the ghost, by all accounts.

We are not going to get carried away, and while the signs are good the lads are hanging in there and fighting hard for the shirt, we still have a long way to go if we are going to be safe this season.

But we can start to pull away if we all stick together, and that includes the fans giving the lads the great support they gave the players on Saturday, and the crowd was just short of capacity – unbelievable for a team that’s been  struggling so much this year.

You wouldn’t see that at many other clubs in the Premier League – that’s for sure – and it’s one of Newcastle’s greatest strengths – the fantastic support the Geordies give their club.

What do you think?

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16 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Ye what a cracking stat, only two defeats in 9……
    And one win and six draws, superb form that is, totally epic.

    At this rate after 36 games we’ll have 36points leaving two games to decide our fate of staying up or not.

    Woooopieee at last something to be positive about.

  • dannitoon

    Oct 20, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Top 10 wow

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 20, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #3

    im pretty sure most fans are blinded by the silver devil ¨

    he did not have a good game, other than him scoring he did nothing , he was lazy , not picking up runners, he forgot the ball and 3 times that I remember.

    to be fair to him though, goofy was the worst player on the pitch.

    whats this obsession with changing left backs, if he thinks hiadara is a better attacker, why didn’t he start with him? we were playing LC , a poor team at home

    to be honest , I think its great, because if he continues to pick player like obertan and goofy ahead of some of the much better players we have, then he is signing his own death warrant at the club, Williamson will drop straight back in

    don’t forget, we won a poor game against a poor team and we were second best on the day

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #4

    “They are now shorter to finish in the top 10, at 5-3, than they are to be relegated, at 5-6.”

    Surely the shorter odds are the 5/6 on to go down, the longer one is 5/3 to stay up?

    Or have i got that wrong?

  • geordie157

    Oct 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Birmingham have sacked Lee Clark, bit harsh considering the budget he was working with there.

    They have two exciting young players that could be worth a look in Jan and loaning back. Demarai Gray and Koby Arthur

  • geordie157

    Oct 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Sack Carver and have Clarky as assistant!

  • dazzler

    Oct 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t get bet fairs logic really, looking at it vaguely yes 2 defeats in 9 isn’t bad but it’s very misleading when you consider how many we’ve drawn

  • dazzler

    Oct 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #8


    By all accounts from the brummie fans he was as popular as pardew and as tactically sound. That seems to be the same shared by some Huddersfield fans I know.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #9


    why is it harsh on him ? . im betting a new guy will walk in there and probably get them playing football and moving up the table with the same players.

    its not always about how much money is spent, sometimes these coaches have to earn there money and coach, most now want to but there way out of trouble.

    look at Boro coach, hardly any money spent , got them flying last year, and will be in the play offs this year..

  • geordie157

    Oct 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Yeah true, his managerial skills were a little covered up at Huddersfield as he could just throw money at it and for a while it worked.

    Still he must be better than stone in a coaching role surely!

  • chuck

    Oct 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Perhaps you can make up your mind about Pardew, the smart money is on his getting fired and around 85% of fans polled wanted him out.
    Top ten, wow what ambition !

  • nightfa11

    Oct 20, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #12

    top 10…dream on 😀 we managed to beat only leicester..and now all of a sudden is back to “top 10 finish” 😀 delusional.. out of top teams, we only played city so far..other teams were all beatable.. anyway…we still have everton, arsenal, liverpool, man utd, chelsea, play.. so stats: “2 defeats in 9 games” will change soon…very soon 😀

  • Kamikaze Koala

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #13

    jesus we just beat a championship side at home and its top 10 all of a sudden win the next 5 games and then we may start believing in the toon again

  • remember69

    Oct 21, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Let’s face it, we could have won 10 out of the last 9 and the same old negative Nancy’s on the site would still find reason to moan. Yes, Leicester may not be a top team but as every fan knows it is difficult when confidence is low, especially when so-called fans are against the team.
    I’m sure the Mackem blog has more positive things to say about our team than some of the squatters on this site. Get a life until you can find something positive to say to support the team.

  • rowly

    Oct 21, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #15

    5-6 is shorter odds than 5-3, if you put £6 on us to get relegated you would win a fiver if you put £6 on us to finish top 10 you would win a tenner so it’s more likely we will be relegated.

  • rowly

    Oct 21, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #16

    In fact we are odds on to get relegated – you wouldn’t even double your money


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