2015 Will Be A Better Year Than 2014 – That’s True Isn’t It?


Newcastle United had a terrible 2014, when last season we could take only 16 points from our last 17 games in the league, and we lost in the 3rd round of the FA Cup to Cardiff City at home, who ended up being relegated.

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The coaching staff in charge at Newcastle – three Geordies

But we still ended up in 10th place in the Premier League so at least from Mike Ashley;s viewpoint we ended up in 10th place and an acceptable finish and we got £79.5M from the Premier League in May.

This season has been like a roller coaster – we got only 4 points and no wins from the first seven league games, then went on a six game winning streak in all competitions and beat Chelsea at home, and Tottenham and Manchester City on the road.

After that 1-0 defeat at Stoke at the end of September there were calls for Alan Pardew to be fired but he hung on and turned things around.

But we then went on a four game losing streak in which we conceded 12 goals and in the last six games we have conceded 17.

In our six game winning streak we conceded only one goal – so as we said we have been on a roller coaster this season so far.

And to top it off Alan Pardew left Newcastle last week just as quickly as he could, and will be taking charge of Crystal Palace at Dover this afternoon.

Newcastle are at Leicester City in the FA Cup 3rd round, and we have a chance of winning, because Leicester may well field a weakened side since the FA cup cannot be a high priority for a team that is 3 points adrift at the bottom of the Premier league.

John Carver is the caretaker manager and it’s another chance for John today.

Everything started well for him in that first half against Burnley on Thursday afternoon, but the second half was a different story and we were hopeless, and ended up drawing 3-3 with second bottom Burnley – and we really needed the win.

Newcastle now need to hire a new head coach, so we should see that happen fairly quickly,  unless owner Mike Ashley gives the reigns to John Carver for the rest of the season.

It’s difficult to know who Ashley will bring in – but we’ve almost lost hope that it will be a top coach.

A middle of the table team only needs a middle of the table coach – and that’s what we are expecting – and because of the frugal way Mike runs Newcastle that could even be a challenge.

Who that will be we have no idea.

But surely this year cannot be worse than last year.

That’s true isn’t it? 😀

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9 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed
    It’s ‘reins’ (as in horse), not ‘reigns’.

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  • Bambams

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Not as long as Ashley continues as he has been.

    imo

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    with colocinni in the mix this could be the worst year ever.
    whenever he plays we are liable to concede 3 maybe 4 goals a game
    Carver does not have the brain cells or guts to ring the necessary changes. So this dreadful run will continue until he is fired

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Just read the Merson quotes re Pardew. Found this bit quite amusing.

    “He has done an unbelievable job there and those fans, come March, will be sitting there thinking ‘Cor, he was a good manager he was’.

    “We’ve seen it a million times. Alan Curbishley at Charlton.”

    Now, who was it who took over at Charlton that made the fans regret wanting rid of Curbs?? Hmmm, oh yeah. Pardew took over and took them to the foot of the Championship before being canned.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    abeid makes all the difference..he protects the back four far better than tiote does…it’s no coincidence our good form came to an and when Abeid got injured.

    Abeid never gives the ball away…toite gave the ball away at every opportunity on Thursday…it was cringeworthy

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  • scout

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    PM is a tool of the highest order on a grand an hour for talking pure shxt on sky. Makes me sick

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    It is not entertaining watching an incapable defence and ineffectual head coach. 2015 can be worse, we just hope it will be better and the open opportunity will be utilised properly.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #8

    sparky

    totally agree…tiote is way to casual in possession, may stop 4/5 attacks a game but at the cause of 9/10

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  • Mickalonius

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Nothing will change while Ashley owns the club, the malaise will continue…

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