The question is being asked – after Newcastle have won their last two games – whether the pressure is now off Alan Pardew – and the answer is the classic consultant’s answer – it depends.
The relief of Pardew and Carver at the final whistle on Saturday
If we can keep winning and picking up points the answer is yes – and another couple of league wins on the trot and we’ll be fairly comfortable in the top half of the table – where we expected to be.
On the other hand if we lose the next two games the pressure will be right back on Alan Pardew, the coaches and the players.
Graeme Souness in his short eighteen months on Tyneside used to say Newcastle were always two games away from a crisis – two successive defeats and it was a crisis – almost by definition.
That’s still true today of course, and the game of football is a results oriented business, so if Newcastle start losing again the pressure will return – and quickly.
But there have been signs in the last six games we have played, since our 4-0 demolition and surrender at Southampton, that the team is coming together – although we still lack a bit of class this season.
In those six games we have three wins – two in the Capital One Cup – and two draws and just one defeat – a 1-0 loss at Stoke and that was a fairly close game.
At the end of that game Alan Pardew looked like death warmed up – he looked all in.
But the side rallied well five days later at Swansea, and we got an excellent 2-2 draw, and in the next game we beat Leicester nine days ago.
Next up is a Capital One Cup tie at Manchester City – a club we have lost the last 11 games against – so we’re not holding out too much hope for Wednesday
But on Saturday we host Liverpool, who like Tottenham have been inconsistent this season – so a win against the Reds is a definite possibility – especially if we can play like we did in that second half yesterday.
We’re hoping the lads can make it three league wins in a row on Saturday against Liverpool.
That would be simply terrific.
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