NEWCASTLE’S FUTURE

Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier league only a few seasons ago, but they managed to come back into the top flight in the first instance. Upon their return to the top flight, they managed to finish in the fifth position amidst all the surprise. Alan Pardew’s diligent management coupled with the arrival of several low-key yet inform players was the reason for the extraordinary season experienced by the club in which they almost qualified for the Champions league. However, this season has been the story of several struggles as the club has failed to put together a run of results.

Their form has also nosedived in recent weeks due to the poor form, which has made them edge closer to the relegation zone. Alan Pardew’s hopes of managing to put together a cup run has also been destroyed after the club lost 2-0 at the hands of Brighton during the weekend. This was the second consecutive time that they have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Brighton. The club has also recently sold the star striker Demba Ba, who was one of the bright aspects of the season, to Chelsea in a £ 7 million deal. A replacement is yet to arrive at the club.

Pardew has suggested that there is a real danger of Newcastle being relegated once again. “Not once this season have I had my best side out. We’re not too big to go down. I think it is important to spend. We lost Cheik and Demba, one to African Nations and one to a transfer. The most important thing for us is our Premier League status now because we’ve put ourselves at risk with all the injuries and the run we’re on,” said Pardew after the Brighton match. The club will face Norwich city during the weekend.

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