BPL Monday Rewind: Pardew’s managerial clock nearing midnight

IMAGE, STOKE SENTINAL

By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

Newcastle are sitting just off the bottom of the table through six games. However, palms on Tyneside have to be sweating, shaking, with nightmares of relegation flooding back all at once.

In 2008-09, Newcastle proved you’re never too big to fail. They finished 18th and spent a year’s exile in the English Championship. At the moment, they are looking like they are on route one headed back there.

There is plenty of time to get things on track but time for Alan Pardew to right the ship could be coming to an end. Monday’s game against Stoke City was a chance to turn the tide, but instead the ship is sinking ever deeper.

It took 15 minutes for Stoke to take the lead, which they didn’t relinquish. It was Peter Crouch rising above Newcastle captain Fabricio Collocini to head home Victor Moses‘ cross was all Stoke needed to take the full three points.

Newcastle didn’t create much in the game and had their best chance through Jack Colback. Unfortunately for the Magpies, his shot crashed off the cross bar to keep them off the score sheet. The Magpies remain with three points from the first six games, while Stoke has taken eight points from the same amount of games.

Pardew, who has received the brunt of protests and abuse from the Newcastle fan base, could very soon be on his way out and possibly sooner if Mike Ashley wants to turn things around. The Newcastle manager very well may have lost his way after the head butt last season and results have continued to trend downwards since.

The clock hasn’t quite struck midnight on Pardew’s time as Newcastle manager, but it’s only seconds away with the latest result.

Here is Crouch’s goal:


Peter Crouch Goal Stoke City 1 x 0 New Castle… by soccerpremium3