Alan Pardew Claims Late Season Results Showed Newcastle Were A Mid-Table Team #url#
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So as usual it is our fault, the fans, in how we unreasonably deal with the bad times. Only this season Newcastle went 14 Premier League matches with only 2 wins and they were against rock bottom QPR with a late goal and relegated (ten men) Wigan. In that sequence we were beaten by Stoke, Southampton, Fulham, Reading, West Ham and Swansea.
I didn’t actually see Mike Ashley though I did hear his helicopter, so obviously I’m not privy to what was said between manager and owner. However, following his meeting with Ashley and Llambias, Alan Pardew did come over to say hello/shake hands when he saw me chatting with our departing goalkeeper.
Reaching safety a full ninety minutes before the end of the season has meant that Newcastle United’s final match of the season isn’t critical, at least not in a relegation or Champions League (for us) spot kind of way. However, in many other ways this Arsenal fixture could have a massive impact on certainly the short and medium-term future of Newcastle United.
UEFA’s criteria is that ‘Fair Play’ is judged on ‘Positive play, respect for the opposition and the referee, behaviour of the crowd and of the team officials, as well as cautions and dismissals’.
With criticism by fans having come to a head with the Sunderland and Liverpool debacles, instead of trying to quietly calm the fires, the manager has ordered wholesale quantities of oil and chucked the lot on.
As we all know St.James’ Park benefits massively from its unique and iconic position in the heart of the city, something often taken for granted. The other huge positive for Newcastle United has been the excellent initiative operated by Network Ticketing. Their ground breaking ‘Magpie Mover’ scheme has proved a great help over many years in getting fifty two thousand people to a city centre location.
Alan Pardew was a strange appointment but if we stay up I would then find it an equally, if not more so, strange sacking. Anybody believing that the unknown is guaranteed to be better than what we have currently got, obviously hasn’t supported Newcastle United for very long.
I think there are a lot of people with short memories and you don’t even have to go back to his disgraceful behaviour when he accused professional footballers of not trying against Newcastle in 1996.
Since Ba left we have only won one Premier League match when Cisse didn’t score, that being the Chelsea win. If Papiss Cisse doesn’t score against Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United will not win that match. The best we could hope for is another goalless draw like Saturday.