We could see ourselves easily safe by the time March comes along and then the Europa League would become our No.1 objective. Do you know where we finished in the league in 1969? Do you care? Of course not.
If we have a good season next year, Pardew will get the time off the fans. If he has one like this year, the fans will rightfully call for his head and give Ashley and Llambias a decision to make. If he actually manages to win something like Alex Ferguson did in his third full season, then he can stay as long as he wants.
We have new players. A new outlook. A new team almost. Just one more striker would see our squad have strength in depth with quality in each position across the board. In my eyes Bafetimbi Gomis fits the bill on every level. Will it happen?
Let’s be honest we’ve only just got rid of one blatant mercenary in Demba Ba, to replace him with another one would be damaging long-term. We went through transfer speculation hell with our No.19 and I don’t want to go through that again with another ‘big time charlie’.
Yes Newcastle lost again. Yes we gave away soft avoidable goals again – but the spirit and intensity versus Man City was first class and the question has to be asked as to where that has been all season?!
Plus to every impressive performance comes a horror show. Last season wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Some of us like to forget when our club gets absolutely hammered or puts in a shameful performance never to be spoken of ever again.