One Crystal Palace player appears to think that Newcastle fans wanted rid of Alan Pardew because he ‘only’ took the club to fifth place in the Premier League.

Palace midfielder James McArthur says that expectations ‘are obviously a lot higher’ in Newcastle ‘but Alan Pardew did a fantastic job getting fifth place with them’.

It is amazing that in these days of instant technology and access to what is happening on the other side of the world, never mind 300 miles away, that people can still get things so wrong.

Obviously it depends upon who you listen to and what you read – but that level of chinese whispers/misinformation is quite staggering.

Not one Newcastle fan (that I have met anyway) didn’t think Alan Pardew deserved at least some credit for Newcastle finishing fifth, four years ago in 2011/12.

Newcastle supporters had more of a problem with near relegation the following season (2012/13), only five wins in the final 21 matches of the 2013/14 season, then helping to provide the platform of such a weak squad that John Carver almost managed to at last finish the job off and manage relegation last season (2014/15).

James McArthur:

“Alan Pardew has been brilliant for us and he is a massive reason why we are doing well this season.

“If you look at Newcastle, they obviously struggled a bit to cope with losing him and we have kicked right on. The run they have been on recently shows how important it was last season when he left. He did it at Newcastle and he is doing a good job here.

“Expectations up there are obviously a lot higher but he did a fantastic job getting fifth place with them – that is some achievement.

“Newcastle have obviously not started the season as well as they would have hoped but we know they have good players.”

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