Alan Pardew Concerned Over Newcastle Formby Jack Kitson / 26 November 2012, 15:55Tweet
Alan Pardew is currently enduring his most difficult period at Newcastle following the club’s recent slump in form. Since Pardew was handed an unprecedented eight-year contract back in September the Magpies have scraped just one win from eight games, which is a definite cause for concern. Pardew expressed his worry in the aftermath of Sunday's lacklustre defeat to former club Southampton but remains adamant that he can turn things around.
Both Newcastle and Pardew enjoyed a stunning 2011/12 season, with Pardew leading the club to an impressive fifth place - their highest top flight finish since 2004. As a result Pardew was named the Premier League Manager of the Season and then this campaign was awarded with a stunning contract extension, which keeps him at St James’ Park up until 2020.
This season has been a different story. Despite enjoying a reasonably bright start the Toon have since struggled, with Sunday's disappointing 2-0 defeat to the Saints their third consecutive loss. The Magpies have been cursed by injuries of late, with a whole host of players on the sidelines. A lack of confidence is evident with Newcastle in need of registering some points from their upcoming games against Stoke, Fulham and Wigan, with matches against both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Everton on the horizon.
Paddy Power have priced Newcastle at 11/4 to come away with their first win on the road this season, while Stoke are the evens favourites for the three points.