Monday Night Football saw Newcastle United fail away from home once again as their faltering season continued to limp along. After last season’s excellent campaign hope was there that Newcastle United could be pushing for a Champions League place once again. Optimism had not been higher at St James Park since the legendary late great Sir Bobby Robson had the Toon Army dreaming of Premier League glory.
Alan Pardew took over from Chris Hughton and helped transform the club with a brilliant network of scouts and excellent work in the transfer market bringing him the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse. Coupled with the emergence of Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Tim Krul and Hatem Ben Arfa as world class performers gave the 51-year-old a great team to choose from.
"I'm worried in so much as we are not picking up enough points, that is pretty evident"
Many reasons have been mooted as potentially being behind their recent struggles. First of all they haven’t been lucky with injuries so far this season with the likes of Krul, Cabaye, Tiote and others all having spells on the side-lines.
The Europa League campaign has also been known to take it out of teams in the past. It is a delicate balancing act with games on a Thursday then again at the weekend and while Pardew has clearly tried to rotate the squad their league form may have taken a hit as a consequence of their European success.
But one other factor that could be partially to blame may be the clubs decision to award Pardew with an astonishing eight-year-contract; a landmark deal in English football. After the success of last season it was seen as a way of showing faith in the gaffer that all was well on the North-East but since then have their results suffered?
Since he signed the deal on September the 27th Newcastle’s form record looks like this:
While it may seem a ridiculous notion could it be that the new eight-year deal has unfortunately made Pardew and his coaching staff to comfortable in their role at the club.
Do you think the eight-year-contract has anything to do with it or has Pardew purely been unlucky with several other factors?
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