The appointment from the board showed that they didn’t consider relegation an option and that they didn’t want to push for the top seven.
Although that may seem an unrealistic aim now, Newcastle were only seven points off of the top four when Pardew left and they could have used his departure as an opportunity to bring in a manager who could take them closer to the top clubs.
Now the club are just five points from the relegation zone and the Mackems (who are in that zone) have a game in hand on Newcastle.
Hull City, tipped to go down two weeka ago, are a point away from the Magpies with a better goal difference.
Since the managerial change, Newcastle have only taken 9 points from 15 league matches. That is 9 from a possible 45.
They are currently enduring their worst run of defeats in Premier League history with seven and only two sides across Europe have worse current form and they ply their trade in Malta and Albania.
The problems ultimately lie in the board room, with the men who make the decisions at St James Park.
Newcastle are one of seven teams who could go down and although it seems unlikely, it is becoming a genuine possibility.
They have four very winnable games remaining and probably need one more win to confirm their Premier League safety. However, former captain Micheal Owen has already said he thinks Newcastle will lose all their remaining matches and if they do, they will probably get relegated.