The Magpies boss believes it is misfortune that has been his side’s downfall in 2012/13.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has blamed his team’s apparent crash in form in the Premier League this season on misfortune.
Pardew thinks that with the bad luck his side have faced this campaign the Magpies should be praised for avoiding relegation rather than criticised for not finishing higher in the table.
Newcastle had been dragged into a scrap to avoid the drop in recent weeks along with a number of top flight sides, but secured their place for next season with a 1-2 win at QPR on Sunday.
However, after finishing fifth last season – ahead of European champions Chelsea – there have been murmurs of discontent around St James’ Park with the side’s form this campaign.
Yet Pardew has hit back at the crtitics and says it was circumstances out of his control that caused the problems.
“I don’t care what anybody says, getting over the line with some of the misfortune we have had is an achievement,” the 51-year-old said on the Guardian’s website.
“We have had three cruciate injuries and no other club has had that.”
The Newcastle boss came under heavy criticism for his post-match interview after the game at Loftus Road, particularly from Tottenham fans, as the manager suggested he didn’t care if Arsenal beat his side 4-0 on the last day of the season now they were safe.
With results crucial at this stage of the campaign to determine Champions League places, Pardew’s comments were slammed as unprofessional and the former Charlton and West Ham boss has since made a u-turn and said he was only joking.