Pardew Hokey Cokey
You keep your manager in, you kick your manager out and you shake it all about, do the Pardew Hokey Cokey, that’s what it’s all about!
As with most things in life, there are those individuals (and those that follow blindly), that have a tendency to take things a little too far. Perhaps the ‘Pardew Out’ rhetoric crossed a line in how harsh it was and how focused it was in derailing the manager, even if it meant the club was to suffer accordingly.
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Whichever side of the fence you sit, one thing is for certain, no true fan would wish their club to lose unless they truly believed it was worth the sacrifice for the betterment of the club. Perhaps it really did get that bad for these fans.
Some may say the fans are fickle, calling for the manager to be ousted after all of us were excited by our 5th place finish under the very same manager. But, we aren’t exactly the only ones, with plans for a banner to be flown by plane over Anfield as some section of the Scouse fanbase want Brendan Rogers ousted despite finishing a hairs-breadth away from winning the title last season.
Granted he has spent a small fortune on raiding semi-successful clubs and failed to show that they weren’t just a one player club after seeing Suarez move to Barca and Balotelli fail to hit the proverbial cow’s behind with a stringed instrument.
The shoe at Newcastle though is now firmly on the other foot after a series of good results and a good performance against a star-studded Manchester City line-up. Sadly, now the fans that had blindly backed Pardew through all this (and various media outlets) have used this string of results as a wet fish, to slap the fans who wanted Pardew ousted right across the face, even demanding apologies for how the manager has been treated. Such a pity that the Liverpool fans aren’t subjected to the same criticism as the Toon Army.
I tip my hat to Pardew for seemingly turning things around but offer up some hopefully sensible words for both parties in this, as I attempt to play devil’s advocate in all this in-fighting. The results are what were sorely needed, how they came about – who cares. Points are on the board, we move further away from the drop zone and the club is still in a cup competition beyond the first round. Bravo!
However, a certain amount of the recent success comes down to poor opposition as much as player changes. Even the player changes, many forced due to injuries, don’t point to Pardew being something more than an average at best manager, capable of occasionally getting a decent run of form together, given that his squad is better than many give them credit for. In fact, the inclusion of Abeid against City and Liverpool and his subsequent good performances strikes me as a problem… Where has this player been all this time and how did Pardew not give him a chance before now?
The club is of course the main concern. The fans will support anyone who puts the club first and goes out and gives 100% every match.
Pardew needs to work with the new-found leeway he has been given with this upturn in fortunes and start to rebuild bridges with some fans.
Some fans also need to realise that 4 games do not make him absolved of the previous run of results, bad errors were made. Everyone needs to give and take in all this to push the club forward. Where we go from here…that is anyone’s guess.
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