Why does the current Newcastle United side completely crash and burn in the second half of the season?

This season has a major sense of déjà vu as pre-Christmas European talk has been dispersed and replaced with a crisis alert.

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If you combined our first 19 games of the 2013/14 season and added them to the first 19 games of the current campaign, we’d have finished in 8th place in last year’s table, ahead of Southampton, with 59 points and a GD of -1.

So in both seasons we’ve been a side good enough for the top 8 that most NUFC fans accept as should be our level, whilst being within touching distance of Europa League qualification too.

But what if we add together our results from the second halves of the last two seasons?

It’s not pretty.

If you added the latter 19 games of last season to the results we’ve had this year since the clash with Everton at home (our 19th game of this season), we’d find ourselves in 20th place in the current table, a point behind Burnley.

So in each of the last two seasons, we’ve averaged out as being a European contender before the New Year, and the worst team in the league after it.

Only at Newcastle United, folks.

We know of possible reasons for the shocking decline in both seasons.

Cabaye departing without an adequate replacement coming in last year, and appointing the fundamentally incapable John Carver to be our head coach for the latter half of this year. As well as generally (not just Cabaye) being sellers rather than buyers in both January windows.

Very frustrating to see such a collapse happen again.

For two years now we’ve had hope of better things ahead being dangled in front of us before having the carpet emphatically swept from under our feet.

I’d like this to stop because the landing is hurting a little bit more each time.

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