Alan Pardew has been asked about reports of many fans giving up their season tickets but the Newcastle manager either doesn’t get it, or chooses not to see what the real picture is.
If you are giving the manager the benefit of the doubt you would say he is simply ignorant of the true picture, on the other hand if you think he is clued up then you would say he is being very patronising while at the same time misdirecting people as to what the true situation is.
This is what the Newcastle boss had to say when asked at his pre-Chelsea press conference about the reports of fans giving up season tickets;
“They are passionate, they love the club and the best thing I can do is get the best team out there to get results for them.
“I have no problem with this passion, it comes to the surface, it’s a bit of frustration with season tickets, this week and going forward.
“Two seasons ago we finished fifth this year we’re eighth and we’ve done a brilliant job.
“We’ve lost a great player, we know that.”
Pardew is clearly trying to put the message out that the situation regarding fan unrest is on a small scale and just an instant emotional reaction to the scoreline at the mackem match.
Well sadly that doesn’t take into account the thousands who have given up their tickets each season in protest at the running of the club and largely being replaced by an ever expanding cheap ticket family enclosure. Fans giving up full price £600 tickets and the club expanding the family enclosure where an adult and two kids costs £500 for the three of them.
I know countless fans who packed in before the direct debit deadline last Friday, 24 hours before the mackem debacle.
One fan might have ran on the pitch but that isn’t what this is about, it is thousands of committed fans silently drifting away who aren’t necessarily going to march around the streets in protest or run on the pitch.
Pardew might claim that he and his boss are doing a ‘brilliant job’ but plenty disagree and are making their own protest by packing in their season tickets because they can see the foundations of the club are almost non-existent.
Yes fans are furious at the mackem result but are far angrier about the short-sighted running of the club that led Pardew to putting out such a poor starting eleven, with only the likes of Colo and Gouffran unavailable, along with Remy who isn’t even ours and Cisse who they are clearly trying to flog.