Back at the end of January before the Blackburn match I looked at the possibility of Newcastle grabbing a Champions League spot.

As a rough guide I used last season’s number of points as a pointer and Arsenal finished in fourth with 68 points. So my question was, with United at that time standing on 36 points,  whether it was possible for Newcastle to pick up 32 points from their final 16 matches?

The answer was yes as I went through each match and my predictions came out at exactly 32 points.

In January I was ridiculed by some but 14 matches into this sequence and with only 2 remaining, thanks to the outstanding win at Chelsea cancelling out the dire defeat at Wigan, Newcastle United are 1 point ahead of schedule.

So only three short of the sixty eight points that were needed last season, Newcastle have two matches to get three points and our ‘predictor’ sees United getting four more.

With Norwich doing the business at Arsenal, if Newcastle can beat Manchester City then on the final weekend 68 points would be enough to put Newcastle top four if Arsenal failed to get anything at West Brom.

Predictions below with outcome in Italics where I got the result wrong….

Blackburn (A) – DRAW (won), Aston Villa (H)  – WIN, Spurs (A) – DEFEAT, Wolves (H) – WIN (draw)

Mackems (H) – WIN (draw), Arsenal (A) – DRAW (lost), Norwich City (H) – WIN, WBA (A) – DRAW (won)

Liverpool (H) – WIN, Swansea (A) – DRAW (won), Bolton (H) – WIN, Chelsea (A) – DEFEAT (WON!)

Stoke City (H) – WIN, Wigan (A) – WIN (lost), Man. City (H) – DRAW, Everton  (A) –  WIN

11 comments
Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Why does any Newcastle fan care what fans of other clubs or the press think ? Do people need that reassurance? Stuff them.

NUFC Tips
NUFC Tips

To repeat the point that all national journalists seem to overlook, I wanted rid of Pardew because he was a 'Yes Man'.

Beyond that, he also had a terrible record over his last three years at Newcastle, but his lack of managerial ability wasn't my primary reason for wanting rid of him. I wanted him to leave because he was a 'Yes man', a coward and Ashley's puppet. The long term view is more important than the short term view, and we would never achieve success with a puppet who was afraid to tell Ashley the necessary truths.

As it turns out, weve now got another 'Yes Man' who's too cowardly to tell Ashley the truth, and no doubt if Carver leaves then Ashley will be looking to replace him with another 'Yes man'. That's how Ashley works. He's got the personailty of a six year old kid. He can't take honest criticism so he surrounds himself with sycophants.

But for the record, I will never respect any manager who acts as Ashley's puppet. I don't expect a manager to be as honest as us the fans and constantly criticise Ashley for being the leech he is, but a diplomatic middle ground, such as that demonstrated by Chris Hughton, isn't too much to ask for.

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson

Utter rubbish!


I was never a Pardew fan and by the end, it was time for him to go. However I saw the job he was doing in relation to the restrictions placed on him and he was doing a decent job.


We had 26 points after his final game against Everton (December 28th)

We now have 36.

Palace were certain to be relegated, we were certain to be safe.

Now . .

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

You don't think we could've gone on a similar run had Pardew still been manager ? Check out our results from January until the end of October bud.

philrenner09
philrenner09

Would have been better if he had stayed till end of season then left, but the abuse he was taking its not surprising he decided to leave. Some vocal fans got what they wanted a geordie boss ( complete prat). Just hope tomoz we can scrape a win then get a real coach/manager in with some new players who can improve us. Played well first half at QPR then went to sleep - what do they have at half time drugs ?  Strange how every now and then Pardew pulled out unexpected wins and Carver seems to consistently pull out unexpected defeats. Been watching NUFC since 1967 and cant remember a more gutless team. I dont except Ashleys way of running the club but will be here long after hes gone and probably see out the next owners as well UP the TOON.

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@philrenner09 You're doing it as well! The bloke clearly stated he left for his own reason, not because of fans in the ground but rather because of Ashley's financial stranglehold-

"For me personally and professionally it was the right time, and the right time for Newcastle. It was my decision.

"(Palace chairman) Steve Parish met the (buy-out) clause in my contract and I had a decision to make and for me it was the right decision. Four years under that type of monetary situation and the fact (Newcastle) are trying to push (on), and the history, it was difficult for a manager."

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

Pure journo garbage, just like the 100 managers or players we are going to sign. Christ sake the bloke came out himself and made it very clear he was NEVER threatened here at any time.

"But away from the pitch there wasn't one incident or anywhere I couldn't go. Nobody was nasty to me. Nobody threatened me. Load of old tosh."

Daily Mail interview, April 10th.


Wallsendstu
Wallsendstu

Spot on. We have witnessed on many occasions this spin put out by Bishop the fat man's PR guru. It was also stated that Rangers supporters were attacking Lambias in Glasgow hotels. If this had happened we would have been told about it by Pardew at the time after all as said earlier they have suggested this many times since the fat man took to destroying our great club.

Hez
Hez

Could have happened as people lost their heads(including this blog) with the Pardew thing, he could not do anything without people foaming at the mouth. I doubt they confronted him in the garden though, that's the press making a story

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Most of the houses in Darras Hall have huge hedges to blank out the local riff raff.... ....where was he living........St Anthonys?