The end of the 2011-2012 season saw the Magpies complete one of their best seasons for a while with them finishing fifth and qualifying for the Europa League.
In contrast 2012-2013 so far has proved to be one of extremely different circumstances. The club now find itself in a relegation battle and with personal matters haunting their Captain, Alan Pardew has his work cut out in turning it around.
Significant additions to the squad in the January transfer window have led to renewed hope among the Geordie faithful. The departure of Demba Ba has been a big blow for the side along with Fabricio Coloccini announcing that he wanted to return to Argentina due to personal reasons. Thankfully that saga has been resolved for now.
There have been many reasons suggested for the team’s demise this year but there is one that stands out. Too much too soon. This is only the club’s third season back in the Premier League after promotion from the Championship. Our first season back in the Premier League saw us finish 12th, the following season we finished 5th.
A considerable jump in just one season – seven places in fact – for a team to make. Qualifying for Europe was a fantastic achievement for the club but in a sense it seems like they’ve not made significant additions to prepare the squad for their latest adventure.
A period of stability is needed to cement your place in the Premier League, Newcastle seem to have bypassed that and go straight into surpassing expectations. The stability would allow players to develop, form a strong bond between each other and create a winning formula that works every season.
What has been witnessed is this lack of stability, the inability to cope with the demands of a packed schedule and a team that hasn’t produced results when expected.
The remainder of this season will be one that sees the priority in avoiding relegation. Once that has been achieved it will be a process of making sure that steps are put into place to make sure that Newcastle establish themselves as a strong and consistent Premier League club.
That will then allow the Magpies to once again push on for Europe when equipped properly.