The people who run the club for Newcastle – Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and owner Mike Ashley – would do a lot worse than take a good hard look at how Alan Pardew has done at Crystal Palace this year since he left Newcastle.
Then ask the question – why is Alan Pardew so successful at Crystal Palace when he had only mediocre success in his last three years at Newcastle?
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
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One thing we do know is that Alan Pardew is in complete control of all transfers at Palace and when he joined them almost a year ago they were 3rd bottom of the Premier League with only 16 points from 19 games played.
Newcastle were 9th top on 26 points from the same number of games – but we finished 9 points and 5 places behind Palace in the final league table – so Palace gained 19 points on us in the final 19 games of last season.
Leicester City, who are now top of the league gained 18 points on Newcastle in the last 9 games of last season and finished 2 points and one place above us in the league.
This year these are the respective results of Newcastle and Crystal Palace – and Palace have more than double the points of Newcastle, have won 12 more games and have a goal difference which is 43 goals better than us.
This is Newcastle’s record under John Carver and Steve McClaren this year.
This is Crystal Palace’s record under Alan Pardew this year.
It seems obvious that something is wrong with the way the Tyneside club is run and maybe they can look at how well Pardew has done, what Newcastle can learn and and make the requisite changes.
Maybe it’s that Graham Carr has too much control on whích players are brought into the club every transfer window – or maybe its a lack of consistent investment in the squad from the owner.
There´s something wrong somewhere – and what we have done since Pardew left is just avoid relegation on the last day of the season on May 24th – and after spending a massive £52M on new players in the summer we are still struggling with relegation and 4th bottom of the league table.
Maybe it´s that we never sign experienced Premier League players so they always need an inordinate amount of time to settle into the league?
Our concern is that we seem to be slipping further into the abyss, as unlikely clubs like Leicester City, Watford, West Ham, Southampton and Crystal Palace are pulling away from Newcastle – both in the league and the more efficient and successful way in which they are run.
For the third time in four years it appears that Newcastle are struggling against relegation.
How and why Alan Pardew has been so successful at Palace when he wasn´t at Newcastle could provide Newcastle with some hints and direction as to what we need to do to change and become successful again – as we were under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson.
That´s the question for Newcastle on this Christmas Day, 2015.