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.
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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