Of Course Pardew Is Safe – As Long As We Keep Winning

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.

alan pardew john carver winning at spurs

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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10 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Perez won revaluation of the year award in Spain

    Congrats to the lad

  • stan anderson

    Oct 27, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #2

    As long as he gets a few good results he is safe in the job.
    The man should have been sacked at least 3 times.
    He sure is a lucky Barsteward and keeps getting the odd win
    to keep the fickle fans off his case.
    Think we are stuck with the asswipe.

  • la.jim

    Oct 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #3

    If we beat Liverpool this Weekend i would say we’re well on the way to being safe.Three straight wins would give the team the boost they have needed all Season long.HWTL.

  • YankeeToon

    Oct 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m just wondering if now when Cisse returns that Pards will finally realize that a 4-4-2 formation with both Cisse and Perez is the best option going forward for the team. Perez ran all over the place and even as the lone foward still chased well. Just a thought.

    My ideal line up:

    DJ Saylor Colo Santon/Dummett

    Remy Tiote Sissoko Obertan

    cisse perez

  • G

    Oct 27, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Seems odd that everybody slates Steven Taylor, yet he now appears to be our lucky charm? 2 starts, 2 victories? If I were AP, I would be terrifed of dropping him

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Why do fans slate Steven Taylor i think he’s a good defender.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #7

    @ Yankee

    Notice when we dropped one of our defensive midfielders we actually looked dangerous and got at Spurs.

    I like you team but Cabella isn’t really a winger so I would have him in the middle and play Aarons over Obertan :


  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Even if we stay up he should go.

    But nothing will change dramatically unless the spending philosophy does a complete 180. That means Bye Bye Ashley and I just can’t see it.

    Interesting that posters here have been screaming for more attacking style and 8 seconds after he does it we score. Will he keep that formation, of course not.

    The recent wins are great, I pray they continue but it doesn’t change the fact that things aren’t right at our club and I’m not going to pretend they are or that AP is suddenly manager of the year material.

  • Dulcinera

    Oct 27, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Welsh

    I agree. I’m a lot more confident in our defence when Taylors playing instead of Williamson.

    He’san easy target, maybe because he’s a local lad

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 28, 2014 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #10

    some people on here just like to have a go. A player has a couple of bad games and suddenly he’s the worst player in the world. He comes good and they have to find some one else to pick on. Not difficult in our squad sometimes


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