Former Magpie Alan Shearer weighs in: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/foo
Fans of club fan in England often see this through club colored tinted glasses, I really don't care for the way Chris Hughton was let go a year ago but you can not argue with Alan Pardew's results.
So, unless there is some sort of curse with renaming St. James Park, Sports direct, I think the next few games could still see the Barcodes successful.
Those matches are:
- Man City away
- Man Utd. away
- Chelsea home
- Norwich away
- Swansea home
Pardew is receiving some acclaim but I look at teams he formerly coached, there is Charlton at the top of League I, not long ago, they were in the top flight. Likewise, Southampton just got promoted out of League I into the C-ship and not with Pardew at the helm. Both of these saw Pardew as the manager. Still, I would suspect a top 6 finish for Newcastle just like Shearer says, even to number 5 making them qualify for the Europa league.