Incredible Turnaround At Newcastle And Leicester In One Year

It was this weekend a year ago when we hammered QPR 1-0 at home to win our fifth league game in a row –  after we had beaten West Brom away 2-0 with that fantastic back-heel goal from Ayoze Perez that put us ahead just before half time.

And that was the last time we won two games in a row.

A month later Alan Pardew surprisingly left Newcastle for Crystal Palace and John Carver took over and we were almost relegated in the last game of the season after being 9th top   on 26 points at the end of last year.

nigel pearson and john carver

Nigel Pearson and John Carver on May 2nd this year
John Carver covers his mouth so opposition can´t lip read?

Last year at this time Leicester City had the exact same record as we have now – 10 points from their first 12 games and the Foxes were also 4th bottom of the Premier League.

After beating QPR this weekend last year,  we were 5th top with 19 points after 12 games.

Leicester – starting in April – then made an incredible escape from relegation by winning seven of their last nine games including a 3-0 thrashing of Newcastle.

They finished with 22 points from those nine games to finish in 14th place in the league and 41 points – 2 points and one place above Newcastle.

And we could have been relegated on that last day when we played West Ham – if we had failed to win and Hull had beaten Manchester United at home.

With nine games to play,  we were in 11th place on 35 points and Leicester City were bottom on 19 points.


Leicester then fired their manager Nigel Pearson and Newcastle fired  John Carver and Steve Stone who had been standing in for Alan Pardew – and just couldn´t do the job at Newcastle.

And Leicester and Newcastle have carried on from where they left off last season and we are now 4th bottom on 10 points and Leicester are 3rd top on 25 points, one point behind the leaders.

The positions and roles have been almost completely reversed in one short year.

You cannot make this stuff up.

Football can be very strange,  but it shows what can happen in a short twelve months – good and bad.

So what´s the moral here?

On a  positive note maybe it means Newcastle can be 3rd top of the Premier League in 12 months time?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    This pic of Lindisfarne probably explains his lack of footy knowledge

  • TroubledToon

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    How is 1-0 considered a hammering Ed?

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    This is what Harry Redknapp said about it Troubled Toon

    “I thought it was drifting away into a 0-0 draw, to be honest with you, that’s how I saw the game going. I couldn’t sit here and say I was on tenterhooks thinking they were going to score, they were battering us.
    We hadn’t created enough either. We were solid enough without really being that creative, and I thought it was drifting on to a decent point.”

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Macca doesn’t know how to get two or more players into the box unless he fields two forwards…I think that is evident now!

    …it all gets so monotone and predictable with our managers. I guess you get what you pay for!

    My National side is facing that dilemma now that Morten Olsen has resigned after more than 10 years in charge changing Danish football for the better.

    We are now looking at what we can get by being cheap. We have done that in the past as well and it was not for the better.

    It takes along time to right alot of wrongs!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Tad early for the White lightening is not, unless of course your international language lecturing duties have you placed in Shanghai right now !

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Jesper – against Norwich , Janmaat was constantly in their box as was Wijnaldum (4 goals)

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib – when is your next conversation with Jane?

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Wijnaldum scores his second of 4 .He certainly seems to be inside the box to me !

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Jeff…there’s no rules without exceptions!

    …the English language is proof of that my friend 😉


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