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Alan Pardew Points Finger At Fans

8 years ago

Were you in Newcastle the other week when 50,000 angry Toon fans blockaded Northumberland Street?

Did you witness the protest when all of the home fans refused to leave the ground after the West Ham game?

Me neither.

(ED: This article was written by Rob BEFORE yesterday’s Hull defeat, makes this piece all the more telling)

Yet despite this relative inactivity, the fans are accused of “over-reacting” to the transfer window fiasco and the impact it will have on our chances this season.

In this morning’s Guardian, Alan Pardew is quoted and he makes this very point. He believes the fans have over-reacted, not just the media.

On what does he base this analysis? Perhaps it’s because we have won a couple of games on the trot and have picked up a few points.

He seems to be saying that the Joe Kinnear appointment and the transfer window debacle were nothing to get fussed about. We should all relax and enjoy the season as we journey once more to the heady heights of Europa League qualification.

He and the club he is speaking for hope the fans will swallow this and forget what has actually happened over recent months.

But if all was well when JK arrived, why did Pardew bite his tongue and make no comment about it for weeks? He was as angry as the fans were, that’s why.

And why did AP participate in the hype over potential incoming transfers, say we needed “one or two over the line” and have no problem with Arsenal’s early interest in Cabaye.

AP contributed to the overheated atmosphere during the summer, so should not be blaming the fans for their very reasonable and measured reaction to it.

Clearly the club hopes the fans memories are even shorter than they actually are (and let’s be honest, our memories are notoriously short as far as NUFC are concerned). They want us to move on (again) and look to the future.

So it’s sackcloth and ashes for the fans. How dare we express concern about the future of our club. We need to know our place, pay our money and do what we are told.

Or do we?


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