Was ‘Security’ Why No Newcastle Fans Were Allowed At The Front At Stoke?
Having had the pleasure of the Stoke weather, the bizarre team formation, watching fans argue viciously amongst themselves, I woke up fully expecting Alan Pardew to have been ousted this morning…
Astonishingly he is still in a job, employed by a man with a brilliant business acumen, who in running of his other businesses is ruthless beyond comprehension, yet somehow Pardew survives!
There can only be 2 possible reasons for this;
Firstly, Pardew has something on Ashley, maybe some incriminating photos of some sort
Secondly, more likely is that Ashley has already sounded out potential replacements and each one has stuck two fingers up at him, the list of managers who would work for him probably numbers around zero.
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I mentioned in a previous article about how [intlink id=”39597″ type=”post”]I met the very charming ex Birmingham and Villa manager Alex McLeish[/intlink]. I asked him if he fancied a return to management, his reply was he would love to, however when I ventured further and mentioned managing Newcastle, he replied diplomatically that he could not work under the conditions Pardew does!
So if Alex McLeish would not fancy it, I can’t see us coaxing Fergie out of retirement or prising Jose from Chelsea!
Back to last night and I wondered why the seats at the front were kept empty, the normal Stoke City policy is to keep the away fans as far to one side as possible. However, while we did not have a massive following last night there was still a good number there, spread a long way across the top section, my impression was there were more people than seats!
I therefore asked a steward why the bottom was cordoned off, and his reply was, Stoke had taken the decision to allow Newcastle fans to sit anywhere, but not in the front section, people who had tickets for the front were shoehorned into the top, the reason…. Security!
What type of security you may ask? He would not elaborate but the players and official pitch entrance happens to be next to the away fans, and Newcastle fans (if on the lower level)would be within a few feet of Alan Pardew on entry and exit to the pitch area.
It was hostile toward Pardew, and rightly so in my eyes, but I am not sure he was under any physical threat!
In an effort to save his own skin Pardew bought on both Sammi Ameobi and Gabrial Obertan, and while both were no worse than the rest, my mind drifted toward Hull and a certain creative player who is on our books…….need I say more.
Last night, an elderly fan quite vocally screamed several times it was the worst he had seen in 60 years. I disagreed, there were times in the late 70s and part of the 80s when we were really crap, but our club has evolved since then, we should have won the league under Keegan and we should have built on our regular Champions League appearances. We were also sparring with the big boys long before Chelsea and Man City I mentioned…before I disagreed with the elderly gentleman, but under this regime we are heading toward oblivion.
Enough ramblings from me, I am now speechless as the media report Pardew is safe for a while…..incredible.
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