Can Newcastle United Get Lucky A Third Time?
It is well documented that under Alan Pardew, Newcastle have never came back and won from a losing position at half-time. In other words you may as well head off home or to the pub if the players trudge off the pitch behind at the interval.
However, a much more worrying trend has emerged which could have dire consequences as early as next season.
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Going back to last season (2012/13), starting with the draw against Reading in Newcastle’s sixth match of the season, United went on a run of 18 Premier League games where they won only 3 and had draws in another 4, making it a shocking 13 points from a possible 54.
The pattern clearly is that once Newcastle get into a rut they find it almost impossible to climb out of it, whether you blame Ashley, Pardew, or the players, the truth still remains.
Last season, the signing of five players in January helped give United the shot in the arm to break the pattern but after that initial adrenaline rush, the poor results returned to round off the season.
Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye then inspired the team to a very decent first half of this season, which luckily has given the club safety this time around, but in their absence the team has collapsed, so what would it take to revive the current set-up on the back of only 13 points in 16 matches?
In the short-term, Alan Pardew is seemingly putting all hope on Loic Remy, a player who will undoubtedly be elsewhere when next season kicks off and who we all wonder will even be seen again in these 4 remaining matches.
With the quality of match winners such as Ba and Cabaye strpped out of the squad, Cisse and Ben Arfa looking nowhere near the answer, plus Remy on his way – just what will be the remedy if Newcastle start next season on yet another of these miserable runs?
Recent history has shown that many teams who end the season on a really bad run, very often carry it through into the next season. West Brom a prime example, currently only one win above the relegation zone, a really poor season that has come on the back of finishing last season with only 4 wins in their final 19 matches.
Newcastle United are currently in relegation form but what are Ashley and Pardew going to do about it between now and August?
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