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Sunderland Fans Try To Hijack Pardew Poll

8 years ago
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After the dismal performance against Reading, instead of our usual man of the match poll, due to the first real signs of the crowd’s dissatisfaction with the manager, especially his substitutions and the boos at the end – we asked what you thought about Alan Pardew continuing as manager and after 24 hours of voting we brought you the results in the article [intlink id=”23104″ type=”post”]Fan Vote Goes Against Pardew[/intlink] and here is part of that article below-

‘Should Alan Pardew Remain As Newcastle United’s Manager?’

Firstly, thanks to the thousands of you who took the time to vote and secondly, I had to admit I had no idea how the vote would turn out.

Now 24 hours after the match we can reveal that the voting has continued in the same vein all along and the voting stands almost exactly at 70% saying no and only 30% saying Alan Pardew should remain in the job.

Of course we aren’t claiming that our result would be the same if every Newcastle fan was counted but with over 5,000 fans voting it is a snapshot that shows the support for the manager is split at this moment in time.

We thought leaving it up for 24 hours would give everyone who wanted to take part enough time to vote and then bring you the results.

The poll wasn’t closed off but it had done it’s job and the findings presented…last night though after the poll story had long been and gone, we found something strange going on.

From the poll opening the voting hardly ever deviated from the 70/30 split against Alan Pardew staying, as tens of votes turned to hundreds and then thousands.

However, last night there was a sudden surge in votes which was strange as it was no longer a ‘live’ story, even stranger was that there was an avalanche of votes and almost without exception they were all in favour of Pardew staying.

Digging into the technical side of things our people quickly found the answer, our hilarious friends down the road had heard about the poll, the only problem was that they were 24 hours too late.

A well established mackem message board is ‘Ready To Go’ and somebody had put the following up along with a link to the poll;

‘The Mags are voting on whether he (Pardew) should stay. Sadly, up till now 70 per cent of them want him to go. Your chance to have a say…’

…and then amongst the follow up messages on the thread there was further mentions such as;

‘Great stuff. It’s gone up by about 3% in about 5 mnutes (their spelling!). We’ll turn this round no problem.’

There is a long tradition of rival fans getting involved whenever the Chronicle or the Mackem Echo have put up anything similar.

Fair play to them because the mackems rallied such a huge number of votes so quickly, which belatedly made the poll result around 50/50 but the only problem was that the horse/story had already bolted, they had only reacted when we put our results up rather than when the poll was launched. Our technical people could trace nearly everyone of these extra votes back to the mackem message board.

They might be outperforming us on the pitch at the minute (which isn’t exactly difficult!) but I think we’ll take a moral victory on their failed attempt to hijack the poll.

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