A 6-0 home mauling at the hands of a Suarez-less Liverpool was the latest nightmare in an awful season for Newcastle United, are they in need of drastic changes this summer?
Newcastle United, seemingly despite their very best attempts, will likely stay in the Premier League this season. With only one relegation spot left up for grabs, Wigan and Aston Villa are five and three points behind the Magpies respectively, with both unlikely to bridge the gap in the final few matches.
However this has clearly been a disappointing year at St James' Park, and even with a raft of good signings in January, Alan Pardew has failed to get the best from a squad that should be capable of a top ten finish.
Injuries have played their part, with key players like Hatem Ben Arfa, Fabricio Coloccini and Yohan Cabaye side-lined for long periods, and the January departure of Demba Ba to Chelsea did not help matters either.
However they have still had plenty of fine players available, and to still be battling relegation three games from the end of the season suggests that some changes need to be made.
Pardew is famously tied in to that exceptional eight year contract, although unless the management team at Newcastle is without a shred of logic you would expect there is some kind of clause ensuring he is not due a seven year pay off if sacked this year. But is sacking Pardew the right move for the club, or has his previous good work at St James' Park earned him another season?
It will be a gamble either way for the club, but Pardew should probably be given another season in charge to turn things around. The players have yet to express any real dissatisfaction with their manager, and with a couple of smart additions this summer, and a fully fit squad, Pardew could well steer them back into the top half next year.
For the moment at least, gradual evolution rather than a revolution is the best route for Newcastle.
What do you think? Should Pardew be given another season at Newcastle?