Can Alan Pardew Pass His Own 10 Game Test?
A handful of matches is tough to judge a manager on, but then when is a fair time to rank how Alan Pardew is doing.
While Mike Ashley has clearly messed with everybody’s heads when making the [intlink id=”48016″ type=”post”]‘joke’ comments about sacking his manager[/intlink], who better than Alan Pardew to give us the criteria for examining his credentials.
“After 10 games is when you can judge whether or not you have made a good, bad, or indifferent start to the season, at the moment we are just getting going.”
At the end of those ten matches Newcastle ended up with 14 points out of a possible 30, yet still ended up only being safe from relegation with one match left to play.
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Moving forward 24 months and 3 points from the first 5 games has left United bottom of the table.
The next five matches are Stoke (A), Swansea (A), Leicester (H), Spurs (A) and Liverpool (H).
Again using Pardew’s criteria, what would you class as a good, bad or indifferent start after ten matches?
As rough measures I would say 10 or under would be bad (relegation form), 11-14 would be indifferent (mid-table form) and good, anything that would be 15 points or more.
Call me a pessimist but I think we can rule out four wins in the next five, so ‘good’ is crossed out automatically.
Can though Alan Pardew avoid a bad/disastrous start to the season?
Eight points from these next five games would need three wins or a couple of draws and a pair of wins.
Stoke have made a hesitant start to the season at home and been defeated by both Leicester and Villa without scoring a goal.
If Newcastle and Alan Pardew are going to avoid that bad/disastrous start to the season (as per Pardew’s criteria) then a win on Monday night might be essential, considering those other upcoming fixtures.
Despite Mike Ashley’s games with journalists, even he must surely have a tipping point where his manager is concerned and he would have to sacrifice his willing mouthpiece.
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