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Alan Pardew’s Number One Fan

7 years ago

I think the co-commentator I listened to yesterday must have a poster of Alan Pardew on his bedroom wall.

I reckon he kisses it and whispers gentle sweet nothings before he goes to sleep every night, while his wife lies neglected in bed wishing she had that well groomed silver hair, mocking grin and stream of nonsense flowing from her mouth.

I was at St. Mary’s for the mauling last season. I wrote an account for this very website. I had no intention of making the journey down again this time and so I watched the game on my laptop and was unsurprised to see history repeat itself.

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What was surprising to me was the constant need to defend Pardew.

Once again proving that commentators and pundits really are out of touch with the real thoughts and feelings of the Newcastle faithful.

Early in the game (but not too early for us to be 2-0 down) he misguidedly stated:

“Most of the criticism seems to be because he’s from London, and not one of them (a Geordie). He’s a good manager and considering the amount of money he’s spent he’s doing a good job.

“The fans need to get behind him. They think that because they finished 5th one season they should be every season.”

Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong. I’m from London originally myself and have stood sheepishly quiet whilst packed into a mob of Geordies chanting ‘We ‘ate cockneys and we ‘ate cockneys…’ but that’s not the reason I despise him.

That’s not the reason any of us despise him. I’m not going to list the numerous reasons he shouldn’t be our manager. There’s a whole website for that now.

And we don’t expect to finish 5th every season. We just don’t expect to win only one game in twelve (our current run in the Premier League). We don’t expect to get ripped apart by teams like Southampton, Sunderland and Swansea.

He later called twice for Pardew to be given time and patience. As someone that remained faithful to Pardew right through the near relegation season and for part of last year as well, I think it’s fair to say time and patience have run out.

He also stated we should give the new players time to gel. Cabella and Riviere were both shocking again today but I bet every fan is willing to give them time. It’s just the man in charge of them we want gone.

My mid-summer optimism has been crushed by the Ben Arfa débâcle and early season performances. I don’t know how anyone can still stand by our manager, least of all the owner. He was there at St. Mary’s today. How can he not see what needs to be done?

If this game wasn’t Pardew’s last, the next one has to be. His position is already untenable, his record indefensible. All we need now is the catalyst to force Ashley’s hand.

It’s clear now the fans aren’t going to stop turning up to the games but they can make a difference when they’re there.

I call out to all attendees to give him hell in the Hull game. Make it a repeat of Cardiff, where Pardew was huddled so tight and terrified in his dugout, onlookers would’ve been forgiven for thinking an air strike was coming.

No doubt HBA will be somewhere in the crowd and we should sing our support for him too.

Any fans who think that this is the wrong approach and that I’m being negative.

Any fans that see that kind of behaviour as being detrimental and hurtful to the team.

Any fans that think they won’t partake in the booing and want to get behind the lads.

Consider this, the only game we’ve won in the last twelve was that Cardiff game.

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