This week will see some more twists and turns in the Premier League but the weekend saw another record being created. John Carver has said previously that Pardew was up there. With Pardew having twice gone on a 6 game losing run, Carver has written a new record, becoming the first Newcastle manager in the Premier League to have lost 7 on the trot. 

Soon after former Newcastle boss, Pardew, bemoaned the opportunities available to English football managers, it would be wrong not to note the success of Gary Monk. Swansea have now achieved, under Monk’s guidance, a record points haul in their Premier League years. Other results over the weekend mean that Monk is now the only English manager in the top half of the league, albeit accompanied by fellow Brits, Rodgers and Hughes. 

In fact, with Everton now in the top half, the only non-English managers in the bottom half are Welshman Tony Pulis and Advocaat at Sunderland.
 

When considering managers for next season, it will be remembered that Swansea has been a stepping stone for Martinez, Rodgers and Laudrup. Having spent his playing career with coastal clubs, Torquay, Southampton and Swansea, could he be an outside candidate for the Newcastle hot seat? Sadly no, as Pardew pointed out over players he wanted to sign, Bony, Gomis and Williams, we can’t compete with the big clubs. 

The 7th defeat in a row comes on the back of a boycott last weekend against Spurs. During the week, it emerged that some high profile boycotters joined in the protest. On top of Sissoko and Cisse who had engineered a way of protesting, Jonas was also forced into the fray. It seems that the rest of the squad followed Carver’s advice to show their displeasure inside the stadium. Even Mike Ashley, perhaps fed up with dire football, apparently boycotted for a 2nd consecutive week. 

Having called for supporters to demonstrate inside the stadium, Carver’s altercation with supporters suggests that he may not have said what he meant originally. His intention to debate his coaching style over a pot of tea was distorted by the expletives heard by an occupational therapist sitting a few rows back. It is easy to be misheard over the sound of silence that accompanies a Newcastle match nowadays. 

Most of us know a few lads who went to St Cuthbert’s, some of us from the same era as Carver. Our experience is that they are generally sound people and excellent examples for their old school. It is conceivable that it does not apply to everyone. 

Attention turns to the relegation battle that is now accepted as feasible. Next up for Newcastle is a trip to Leicester whose former Newcastle United interim coach, Nigel Pearson, has gained twice as many points as Carver during 2015. With 3 games left against teams who have been the worst performers in 2015, Sunderland, QPR and bottom of the pile Newcastle, Pearson should have some confidence. It will not be forgotten that the FA Cup match in January saw us lose with the best team available. 

Villa are also on the crest of a wave, having reached a cup final and probable UEFA qualification through the FA Cup, given Arsenal’s dominance since the turn of the year. Looking ahead to remaining fixtures, Sunderland, Hull, Burnley and QPR should keep Newcastle safe. 

Referring back to another former Newcastle coach, there seems to be an undercurrent of support for Pardew to be named once more as manager of the season, for keeping both NUFC and Palace away from the drop. It should not be forgotten that without the 3 points he gifted Sunderland, they could also be favourites, as well as the first win in 7 for Steve Bruce which gives him a lifeline too. 

Pardew has told us that he is not a betting man.

Analysis of NUFC accounts has now been done to death, not least by this site. Channel 4 included the dealings of Ashley and his flagship retail brand on Monday night. The club is disappointed not to have contributed a comment. They have, curiously, failed to contribute a comment on the run of results that have made us the worst performing Premier League team in 2015. 

The increasingly hot favourite for the hot seat next season seems to be Steve McClaren. He may well be on the look out for a job, given his recent form at Derby. Currently the 6th best manager in the Championship, 5 places below where Hughton achieved before being sacked in the quest for someone to take us to the next level, McClaren has achieved 2 wins in 12, 3 fewer games than Carver. 

If he does get the sack after riding high with Derby and blowing it, McClaren may have to hide his cup win against Chesterfield, before bowing out against Reading earlier this season. In the meantime, both Eddie Howe at Bournemouth and Slaviša Jokanović at Watford have demonstrated how to land a job with an ambitious Premier League club. 

A Newcastle continue to leak personnel, 2 defenders completing deals in January and the attacking threat of Ben Arfa released, rumours emerge that prices have also been set for Krul and Janmaat. It looks like a closing down sale where everything must go. 

If Twitter is to be believed, rumours also abound of a significant backroom loss, with Wendy Taylor purported to be following Pardew down to the Smoke. Eagle-eyed observers note that her solitary “favorite” is for an article by George Caulkin of the Times, a reporter who writes honestly about NUFC. If she is going, we wish her well. 

To end on a high, our most expensive spectator, Riviere, has stated his aim to score goals and has been guaranteed his place against Leicester. Only 1 league goal for NUFC behind French World Cup winner, Stephane Guivar’ch, we wonder if Riviere will emulate him before the end of the season.