Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Blog; THIS Week, Self Confessed Stats Slave and Proud, So Says Sean Bellamy. and He Wants to Release Alan Pardew from His Master

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Blog; THIS Week, Self Confessed Stats Slave and Proud, So Says Sean Bellamy. and He Wants to Release Alan Pardew from His Master

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HOPELESS; adjective. Feeling or causing despair.

British; Very bad or incompent. There are few words which could better describe the current plight of Newcastle United.

We have a manager with the demeanour of a man who got carried away at the casino and spent his rent.

Players that see match days as a 90-minute inconvenience to their summer holiday preparations.

And an owner who disregards everyone else's opinions and a fan-base who have had all sense of hope and enjoyment systematically removed.

The figures from the start of January, which coincide with the departure of Yohan Cabaye, are worrying at best.

Our record since then reads a paltry 0.74 points a game which, over a 38-game season, would see the club gather a relegation-guaranteeing 28 points.

Points are the most accurate measure of a club's success (or failure) but they can sometimes fail to show misfortune.

Not in Newcastle's case.

In the same period the team has conceded 1.91 goals per game and scored 0.58 which, combined with the points prediction, would mean after a full season of this bunkum our stats would read: Goals for, 28; Goals against, 73; Goal difference, 45; Points, 28.

One thing is for certain and that is that without dramatic improvement the club will have an increasingly difficult season to come.

Whether replacing Pardew is the correct choice or replacing the majority of a squad lacking inspiration is anyone's guess.

The habits of Mr Ashley suggest that Alan Pardew will stick around and the squad will be patched up on as small amount of money as possible.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the misnomer of 'stability' is proving damaging- financial stability and infrastructural stability are seemingly completely different things.

The one prominent buzzword thrown around by the club to describe its current state is stable. …

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