I have seen numerous references this week telling me why I shouldn’t BOO Alan Pardew today.
That is from Newcastle fans by the way, not his mates or the clueless in the media, such as Mark Lawrenson.
The reasoning (from fellow Newcastle fans) goes that…
Firstly, by booing the clown we give him even more satisfaction/credibility, it all being about him etc etc.
Secondly, that we should all be concentrating on positively supporting Newcastle towards getting the win, rather than negative abuse towards the smug one.
I know what people are saying with the first one but as for the second, you are all wide of the mark.
Think back to your favourite matches with the best ever atmospheres…
Almost every time there is an incident or an individual who lights the fuse.
A referee making a shocking decision, a manager or player (Speedie, Wise, Keane etc etc) who we have history with, an opposition player putting in a terrible tackle…all of these things have and will continue to have, a positive impact on atmosphere.
The sense of injustice, the feeling of intense dislike – they help to channel the emotion of the crowd, the communal anger boils over and results in passionate backing for the team.
Lighting that fuse today is Alan Pardew.
Let’s give him dog’s abuse and get behind the Newcastle team, the two strands are the same thing – they will result in a great atmosphere that the players have no excuse not to respond to.
Don’t sit back in the Tyneside sun (big surprise after snow yesterday….) and wait for Newcastle to score the goals and secure the points. Help make it happen.