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.