Looking back on three years of Pardew

Posted by Marc Duffy

Ian Horrocks/Newcastle United via Getty ImagesAll eyes were on Alan Pardew when he made his Newcastle managerial debut three years ago versus Liverpool.

Newcastle United's historic 1-0 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday came on the eve of Alan Pardew's third anniversary in charge of the Tyneside club. Incredibly, Pardew is the second longest serving manager in the Premier League behind Arsenal's Arsene Wenger.

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Pardew has divided opinion on Tyneside since his unpopular arrival following the sacking of Chris Hughton in 2010 and his teams' performances have been very mixed along the way -- with some record-breaking bad days and other record-breaking good days.

Here is a look back at how Pardew's teams have performed:

League record against the "big six" (Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham)

P36 W9 D9 L18

Under Pardew, Newcastle are just as likely to pick up a result as not against these six sides, although a win ratio of only 25% is quite low for a team who have played half of these games on home soil.

Pardew has yet to beat the only man to have lasted in a Premier League hot seat longer than him -- Wenger -- although games between the two have provided some memorable results: Newcastle's incredible comeback in the 4-4 draw in February 2011 and the 7-3 Arsenal win back in December 2012.

Manchester City are the only team in the big six who have beaten Pardew's Newcastle every time they have played.

Longest win streak:

Six games from March 18th 2012 through to April 21st, beating Norwich (H), West Brom (A), Liverpool (H), Swansea (A), Bolton (H), Stoke (H) before the run came to a crashing halt with a 4-0 loss to Wigan away.

This sequence highlights a criticism regularly thrown at Pardew -- inconsistency. In 2012 Newcastle managed to beat Stoke 3-0, then lose 4-0 to Wigan before brilliantly beating Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge! Coupon busters.

Longest run without defeat:

An impressive 11 games from August 13th 2011 all the way to November 5th, winning seven and drawing four. The run ended with a 3-1 loss away to Manchester City.

Longest losing streak:

Four games from November 11th 2012 to November 28th with losses against West Ham (H), Swansea (H), Southampton (A), Stoke (A) before Newcastle beat Wigan 3-0 at St James' Park.

Longest run without a win:

Six games from November 19th 2011 to December 21st, losing four and drawing two. The run ended with a 2-0 win away to Bolton, but it is typical of the inconsistencies I mentioned earlier as that streak came only a couple of weeks after the longest run without a loss!

Derby record:

P6 W1 D3 L2

A poor record against a very weak Sunderland. Pardew's only derby victory to date was back in August 2011 (1-0, Ryan Taylor over the wall) and he has yet to win at home.

Consecutive derby defeats to struggling Sunderland sides in 2013 left some fans calling for a change of manager, but the team have bounced back brilliantly with five wins from the last six games since they lost at the Stadium of Light in late October.

The FA Cup:

P4 W1 D0 L3

Pardew's record in the FA Cup has been abysmal. His one and only victory came thanks to a late Hatem Ben Arfa wonder goal against Blackburn in January 2012.

All three losses have been against lower league teams: Stevenage (FAC R3 2011), Brighton (FAC R4 2012) and Brighton again (FAC R3 2013)

This is nowhere near good enough for a team with such a proud FA Cup history. A home draw against Cardiff in this season's third round gives Pardew the opportunity to start putting this right.

The League Cup:

P7 W4 L3 (two wins and one loss after extra time)

Although Newcastle haven't progressed beyond the fourth round under Pardew, I will give him the benefit of the doubt as not taking this competition seriously appears to be a directive from above. Still, it would be nice to see the manager stand up to this and look to win Newcastle some domestic silverware for the first time in well over half a century!

Europa League: P12 W4 D6 L2
Newcastle looked well suited to the Europa League when they took it seriously and were unlucky to lose to eventual runners up, Benfica, in the 2012-13 quarterfinal.

Biggest win: 5-0 vs West Ham (H) January 5th 2011

Heaviest defeat: 0-6 vs Liverpool (H) April 27th 2013, Newcastle's heaviest home defeat in 88 years.

Highest scoring game: 3-7 vs Arsenal (A) December 29th 2012

With six years remaining on Pardew's contract, there will be a lot more ups and downs ahead!

Twitter: @MarcSDuffy


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