This is the time of year that relegation sides start getting in new managers as they try top stay in the Premier League, and at least at QPR, West Brom and Crystal Palace they have already made a difference, and Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa won his first game today, when they beat Leicester City 2-1 in the FA Cup 5th round tie.
Tim Sherwood – new Aston Villa manager
Since Chris Ramsey has taken over at QPR from Harry Redknapp they were beaten 1-0 at home by Southampton when the Saints scored the winner through Sadio Mane in the 93rd minute of the game.
And then they went on to beat Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light, and that was the first time in 12 away games in the Premier League they had not been beaten.
And things are starting to look just a little dodgy for Sunderland again this season, as they were beaten 2-0 at Bradford City today in the 5th round of the FA Cup.
And since Tony Pulis took over at West Brom on January 1st for the sacked Alan Irvine, he has taken them to the quarter finals of the FA Cup with three wins, including a 4-0 walloping of West Ham yesterday at home.
And in the five league games Tony has been in charge, they have won two and drawn two so 8 points from 5 league games is not too bad.
And since Alan Pardew left Newcastle for Crystal Palace, he took them to the 5th round of the FA Cup before they lost at home to Liverpool 2-1 yesterday.
In the five league games Pardew has been in charge he has three wins and a home draw against Newcastle so 10 points – which is very good.
Aston Villa beat Leicester City 2-1 today in the first game in charge of new coach Tim Sherwood, but it’s in the Premier League that Aston Villa must show improved form.
In their last 10 league games the have seven defeats and three draws, and in those game they have only scored two goals, one against Chelsea and one against Manchester United of all teams.
Newcastle play Villa the game after next at St. James’ Park, and we cannot lose that game and have to hope we can win it.
Notice that Villa took only four days to replace the fired Paul Lambert – unlike Newcastle who have John Carver as caretaker manager through the rest of the season.
Tim was available, but he didn’t want to come to Newcastle and wouldn’t have put up with the severe restrictions Mike Ashley places on his manager.
And in any case Tim is too outspoken, and wouldn’t have stayed quiet when Newcastle’s best players were sold and not immediately replaced – that’s one major requirement for the Newcastle job – never to complain.
Other clubs keeping their managers and still fighting relegation include Sunderland, Leicester City, Burnley and Hull City.
As a comparison, in the six league games Newcastle have played since Alan Pardew stopped managing Newcastle after the win at home to West Brom, we have one win and three draws for 6 points, and were beaten at Leicester in the third round of the FA Cup.
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