The Magpies were on a run of seven games without victory, before a hard-fought 1-0 win over Leicester city started an incredible run of form.
Progression to the League Cup quarter-finals with an historic 2-0 win over Manchester City followed, before three further victories in the Premier League moved the once-relegation doomed club into the top half of the table, and to within two points of the top four.
Their run of five consecutive victories has alleviated the pressure that was on manager Alan Parew’s head since the closing stages of last season, and he looks well set to continue the Magpies’ incredible run when the Premier League returns at the closing of the international break this weekend. The Toon host QPR at St James’ Park on Saturday, before fixtures with West Ham and Burnley could see the North Eastern side sitting in the European qualification places heading into a tough fixture at home to Chelsea at the beginning of December.
What has been even more incredible, is that Pardew has overseen this remarkable recovery whilst in a period of time with the club decimated by injuries and suspensions. The likes of Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi have been called up form the Under-21’s and have proven themselves in the first-team set-up, whilst Rolando Aarons has been carrying the weight of the Toon faithful despite being just 19-years-old. Pardew has had to work around his troubling situation, and Ryan Taylor - himself on the road back to full recovery - has complimented the manager’s determination to see through his plan without changing anything.
“He’s shown great determination to turn things round,” the full-back told the Chronicle.
“That’s what he’s done, he didn’t ask us to change anything.
“We won one game and we just realised we could win more. It’s just about confidence.
“If you go in that dressing room now and you’ve won games the difference is unbelievable.”
Taylor’s words read as a damning indictment of Pardew’s tactical ability, with his desire to hold to his one system despite consistently poor results possibly costing the club valuable points. However, the system does work for Newcastle when effective, and the 53-year-old is worthy of the praise that Taylor affords him in sticking to his ideal and allowing the club to build confidence rather than changing things every week.