Alan Pardew had a great first full season in charge of Newcastle, and we finished 5th top of the league and qualified for the Europa League.
Alan Pardew – like being on a roller coaster
That was our best season since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked when we only finished 5th top back in 2004 – that wasn’t good enough for then Chairman Freddy Shepherd.
But what happened in the next season in 2012 under Pardew – we literally struggled against relegation and only just survived, although we managed to reach the quarter finals of the Europa League.
Our squad for that season was pitifully small, and we just didn’t prepare adequately enough for European competition – the squad was far too small.
Last year we were not in the Europa League, and in the first half of the season we found ourselves in 6th place on Boxing Day with 33 points from the first 18 games played – and we had just smashed Stoke 5-1 at home.
OK – so they had only 9 men for half the game. 😀
We were flying a year ago but then what happened?
We sold our best player Yohan Cabaye last January, and in the final 20 games of the season we lost 14 of them and only picked up 16 points, with five wins and a draw.
And this season it’s already been up and down.
We went our first seven games in the league without a win, then went on a six game winning streak and we now have three defeats ion a row.
One thing Alan Pardew needs to do is to get some consistency – at least in his results – and not have bunched of games when we lose all the time and then games we win all the time (we’re all for that).
It’s like being on a huge roller-coaster and what happens when you’ve been on a roller-coaster too long.
Yes – you get sick.
And an awful lot of Newcastle fans are feeling (very) sick today – not just because we have lost three in a row, but because we have lost four in a row to Sunderland for the first time ever.
How many fans think we will get anything at Manchester United on Boxing Day later this week?
And then we have Everton and Burnley at home.
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