Poll Result Now In – Did Newcastle Fans Want Ben Arfa Or Pardew To Leave?
Alan Pardew at lost got his wish, Hatem Ben Arfa ending up on loan at Hull City for the rest of this season.
[intlink id=”46847″ type=”post”]The terms of the deal[/intlink] meaning the two won’t face each in the two matches this season, including the potentially explosive next Newcastle home match on September 20.
So what do the fans think?
However when we asked ‘Would you rather Alan Pardew or Hatem Ben Arfa had left NUFC?’, it produced a staggering response.
Thanks to the many thousands of you who took the time to vote and the final result of who Newcastle fans would have chosen to LEAVE is;
87% Alan Pardew
13% Hatem Ben Arfa
The result leaves no doubt just how little support the Newcastle manager retains at St.James’ Park, amongst the fans anyway.
Only around one in eight supporters would have chosen Pardew to stay at Newcastle ahead of Hatem Ben Arfa, a player who is no Yohan Cabaye in terms of disappointment in him leaving, but whose situation nevertheless sums up for many the sheer stupidity and incompetence that suffocates our football club.
Hatem Ben Arfa may not be sighted on the pitch at St.James’ Park on September 20 but neither may we see much of Alan Pardew either.
The flurry of signings had produced brief hope that despite their price tags, the club might have got lucky in replacing proven quality such as Cabaye, Remy, Ba and Debuchy with the rash of incoming players, thus temporarily removing the spotlight and pressure from Alan Pardew.
However, there looks every possibility we could see a replay of that final home match of last season against Cardiff, when the Newcastle manager refused to leave the dugout for almost the entire duration of the match, due to the derision that rained down on him from the terraces.
What a mess.
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