Alan Pardew ‘Fans want success and when it doesn’t happen they’re not happy’
Alan Pardew has talked about Newcastle fans wanting success and not being happy when it doesn’t happen.
However, the United manager claims that supporters have been ‘genuinely buoyed’ by the recent run of games.
“Our fans are emotional, like any fans, they live and breathe the football club.
“They want success and when it doesn’t happen they’re not happy.
“I think they are genuinely buoyed by what we have done recently and hopefully we can continue that.”
Inadvertently, Pardew has summed up exactly why most supporters thought his time was up.
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It wasn’t because he is from London, or even particularly because he is widely seen as a Mike Ashley puppet.
It was simply to do with his latest appalling run of matches with very few wins.
It wasn’t that Newcastle had failed to win any of their opening seven Premier League matches, though that was part of it.
It was all about a desperate run of ‘form’ that showed only five Premier League wins in ten months, with regularly annoying and self-contradicting statements merely adding to the frustration of fans.
Of course when we talk about success, it can only be relative success that the manager is talking about. Most of us have never seen the club win anything so we’d be miserable every day of our lives supporting Newcastle if we measured our happiness by lifting trophies.
Pardew is right, fans have been lifted by recent results, but they are taking them for what they are.
A run of games where the team has looked more organised, had a bit more of a threat going forward, and most importantly – a bit of the luck that was missing in earlier games.
Newcastle fans will continue to judge the manager, like any other, on results.
Football is a simple game and the fans are no more difficult to fathom out.
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