It wasn’t too long ago that Newcastle fans were calling for Alan Pardew’s head, now after a surge in form the fans are hailing him and their team, and the momentum and spirit of the club seems to have been completely turned around. With a 1-0 win at home to an also in form QPR side that is the sixth win chalked up in a row for Newcastle.
The start of the season and pretty much all of last season truth be told, proved a rocky one for Pardew and his team - it is only recently that a sudden change in fortune has struck the Newcastle camp as they have gained 18 points in the last six games in the Premier League. From a season that looked bleak for the club at the start of the campaign has turned into an exciting period in the clubs recent years in the premier league.
It is still very early to predict any sort of place finish in the table but Newcastle in previous years have in fact qualified and had eventful campaigns in the Europa League. However, in recent seasons they have not been eligible due to poor performances leading to poor bottom half finishes in the Barclays Premier League table.
As we all know football fans can be extremely fickle in the sense that when their team isn’t performing they slate everyone involved – when their team is on a good run of form, they won’t hear a bad word said about anyone involved. That's not to dissimilar to Newcastle’s situation as there were fans that couldn’t stand the sight of Pardew any longer and wanted him gone for good in an effort to see their side get back to winning ways.
The board on the other hand has stood by Pardew throughout this patchy period and have opted to stay with his sometimes unorthodox methods and fortunately for the club has started to pay off with thoughts starting to form about a possible Europa League qualification place and or a top six finish.
When interviewed the players have remained level headed and calm, when they were asked questions about a high finish they basically gave the impression they are focusing on one game at a time and not getting too carried away.
If they can keep this sort of maturity about them and stay consistent, I can’t see any reason for them not doing great things this season – whatever changes Pardew may or may not have made over the last few weeks – it most certainly working.