With two one goal victories under his belt against Fulham and Aston Villa, Alan Pardew has started getting very cocky again. Speaking in one of his post match interviews after the Villa game he said the following amongst other things:
“Our home form since I’ve been at the football club has been brilliant”
So, I thought I would look deeper at his bullish claim and put it to the test, as going from what I have seen at St James’ Park in Pardew’s time at the club, it certainly hasn’t seemed that way. It has seemed like more like one good season sandwiched by one and a half poor ones.
Before I begin though, it should be remembered (though I’m sure you know already) that a team’s home form is almost always better than it’s away form, and sometimes much better with even mediocre teams getting around a 50% win percentage, though if those teams had a 50% win percentage for ALL their games, they would stand a very good chance of getting into the European places, not at the very top, but like Tottenham, or Pardew’s Newcastle when we came fifth and competed in the Europa League the following season. In that 2011-12 season, Newcastle United won 50% of all it’s Premier League games (19 out of 38), and 51.16% of all games (22 out of 43). So, bearing all that in mind, I have looked at ALL of Pardew’s home games at St James’ Park, both in the Premier League and in cup competitions.
As well as this, I should to provide some kind of perspective or benchmark. To this end I have also selected another team, a team which has probably been closest to Newcastle in terms of it’s squad and resources throughout the period of Pardew’s management at Newcastle, and a team which has performed pretty much as it should have with the resources it’s had at it’s diposal, Everton. According to football transfer website “Transfermarkt,” Everton’s squad has been just about the closest to Newcastle’s in terms of value during this period and. As it stands at the time of writing, they currently rank Newcastle United’s squad as the seventh most valuable in the Premiership with a first team squad value of around £150 million. Meanwhile, Everton’s is currently one place behind in eighth with an estimated value of around £140 million.
With that preamble out of the way, in the table below you will find both Newcastle United and Everton’s home record since Pardew’s first home game as manager, a 1-3 defeat to Manchester City on 26 December 2010.
|Newcastle United’s home form under Pardew 2010-13.|
|Everton’s home form during the same period.|
So there it is. Though Everton have done well, they haven’t really punched above their weight significantly under the stewardship of David Moyes and now Roberto Martinez. This is understandable as there is a large and ever growing gulf between the likes of Everton and Newcastle and a top six comprising of Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. As you can see, the similar Newcastle United squad’s home form, rather than being “brilliant” has actually been rather poor by comparison in Pardew’s time, and actually below what you would expect from a side of Newcastle United’s calibre.
Brilliant? Pull the other one, Alan!
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