I’ve just spent a very enjoyable and enlightening half an hour reading what Crystal Palace fans have had to say about Alan Pardew, as well as our club and indeed the Newcastle fans.

While the media are keen to portray the story as returning hero welcomed by adoring fans at Selhurst Park, the truth may be not quite as straightforward.

Crystal_Palace_v_Newcastle_United_Match_Preview_FTWhat I think I did discover was that the reality is that fans of every club are little different, it just depends on how the press portray them.

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The comments by Palace fans about Pardew and Newcastle fans simply tells us that, just like Newcastle supporters, some are clued up and others aren’t, while some are simply deluded…

I visited the holmesdale.net Palace messageboard to see what the new Alan Pardew fan club had to say;

“Would like to see Pardew come here, done well at newcastle but they don’t appreciate it. They have all got delusions of grandeur up there and think they should be in the champions league every year.”

“I definitely don’t like Pardew the man. Have heard some horrendous stories. Still trying to figure out how I feel about Pardew the football manager. Hmmmmm.”

“I don’t think anyone expects Newcastle to be challenging for the title but they are a huge club and with their resources they should be doing better than they are. Top half definitely. Top 6 is probably a realistic target.”

“I’d be happy with Pardew, rumour is he’s an arse but who cares. If he keeps us up he can be as arsey as he likes.”

“I’d rather we nick Graham Carr from Newcastle than Pardew.”

“Just as an aside to anyone too young to remember, the references to Pards being ‘welcomed back as a hero’ should be corrected to ‘cult hero’. He was largely vilified as a player for the couple of years before the 4-3 winner and took more abuse from our fans than any other player of that era than I can remember. His effort was never questioned but his ability was limited to say the least.”

“I don’t really get it. They (Newcastle) are 9th in the league 10 points clear of the relegation zone.yet they seem to hate him with a passion. What more do they expect? Any ideas?”

“He’s done extremely well under immense pressure from fans that believe themselves to be a far bigger club than they are….Pardew obviously has great contacts and keeps having to unearth gems as Ashley keeps selling off their better players from under him. Pardew is tactically astute and has an eye for a bargain.”

“Anyone heard of Perez before this season. A player signed from a Spanish second division club. Pardew has made some fantastic signings and that scouting knowledge he will bring with him.”

“They (Newcastle fans) are correct. A club with their income and budget should be performing a lot better than a club of Palace’s size. They should really be between 6th and 8th. Pardew has been there for a while so it is his team. No excuses for underperforming.”

“The Sack Pardew crowd never wanted him in the first place, barracking him when he was appointed because they wanted Chris Hughton to stay. I clearly remember the “Southern Softie” chants and ‘supporters’ interviewed on SSN at the time saying he had no business managing their club because he had no Geordie roots.”

“There is just something about Pardew that doesn’t fill me with confidence, and it’s not just his midfield play from the days when we ironically called him ‘Super Al’. There is something about him that just isn’t very nice I think.”