It turns out we may have been underestimating the Crystal Palace fans.
They might be a little more simple than we first thought.
On Wednesday, we published a piece by one of our hundreds of regular/irregular writers, as we do every day.
The piece in question was titled ‘In defence of Alan Pardew’ by Billy Crawford (Read it HERE).
Not much strange about that, on a news and opinions based website – somebody giving an opinion…
However, Saturday morning has seen a Crystal Palace website take this one article and claim it as evidence of ‘The Mag’ doing a u-turn in its opinion of Alan Pardew, saying ‘It represents a stunning U-Turn from the group in question.’
Well first of all, there is no ‘The Mag opinion’ of Alan Pardew, all writers have the freedom to write whatever they like (within usual socially acceptable parameters!).
The only editorial viewpoint that appears, is when Mark Jensen, the Editor, writes under Tyne Talk.
Otherwise, all articles/viewpoints are welcome, even from Alan Pardew fans… (send them to [email protected]).
As it happens I do think Alan Pardew is clueless and I’m glad we got rid of him, I just wish that the idiots at the club hadn’t then somehow managed to find two bigger jokers in John Carver and Steve McClaren to ruin the club even further.
Alan Pardew has been showing his true colours once again this season, after signs of promise he has led Palace on a run of only one win in 19 Premier League games, that is the Alan Pardew we all came to know and ‘love’ on Tyneside!
That is my viewpoint, not The Mag’s….
The Crystal Palace fans website is called Hopkin Looking To Curl One and this is what they have written today (or at least one person has…)
‘Since he made the move from Tyneside to Selhurst Park at the start of 2015, the anger directed towards Alan Pardew from Newcastle supporters has been fierce, but now, one of his biggest critics have publicly declared that they may have been wrong to slate him.
This piece suggests that Newcastle fans were wrong to blame Alan Pardew for the club’s poor performance during his time in the hot seat. It represents a remarkable shift in opinion after years of pointed digs at him.
The Mag, a Newcastle fanzine, have been relentless in their denunciation of Pardew as a manager for a number of years, but following their recent relegation from the Premier League, they have published a piece which suggests that they may have been wrong to place the blame for the team’s struggles at his feet instead of those above him in the St James’ Park pecking order.
It represents a stunning U-Turn from the group in question, but does demonstrate that, for all of his faults, the current Palace boss may have been doing a pretty solid job in the North East, given the financial constraints he was forced to contend with.
At this juncture, it feels appropriate to highlight that Pardew’s current approval ratings from the Selhurst Park faithful are at far from their highest point, with an incredible FA Cup run having masked the disenchantment that was provoked by a run of just two Premier League victories in four months following Christmas.
It was a run of form which had many scratching their heads, but now, with our place in the division secure for another season and a showpiece fixture at Wembley just a week away, the murmurs of discontent are significantly less noticeable within our fan base.
For a club of Newcastle’s size, it is surely only a matter of time until the bounce back from the Championship, indeed last time this happened, it took them a single season to return to the top flight, but after years of hammering Pardew for his managerial methods, there seems to have been a shift in the general perception of the job he did on Tyneside.’