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Why didn’t Pardew dedicate the 4th successive derby defeat to Mike Ashley?

6 years ago

After yet another crushingly disappointing derby defeat, I think its time to take a look at where we are heading as a club.

Already this season we have seen a terrible start building on the disastrous run at the end of last season, leading to a well organised campaign seeking the end of Alan Pardew’s tenure.

This was promptly followed by what some would say was a fortuitous run of 6 wins, which led the London press in particular to brand us all as fickle fans, glorying in how Pardew had proved all his doubters wrong.

Now as results are yet again tailing off and with an unprecedented 4th consecutive Derby defeat on his CV, the time may be right to ask;

‘When are NUFC fans allowed to be sick of Pardew, without being branded fickle?”

Perhaps we should look at some statistics over a longer time frame to see if we are justified to be unhappy with Pardew.

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If we look at results December 2013 – December 14 we have yielded 42 points from the last 38 Premier League games. This would keep us towards the, but just out of, the relegation zone. Is this good enough for NUFC? Should fans be happy with this?

If not, should the real focus of our ire be Mike Ashley and his continued lack of real investment in the playing side at the club, rather than at Alan Pardew, who is let’s face it is given mediocre funds to provide a mediocre team achieving ultimately mediocre results?

My feeling is that it is NOT good enough for a club that routinely gets 52,000 fans at a home game and if successful, would no doubt appeal to a global audience – as we threatened to do under Sir John Hall and Kevin Keegan. The fact our revenues can’t compete with the likes of Spurs is an indictment f Mike Ashley and hiss deliberate devaluing of commercial revenue to boost his Sports Direct empire (they don’t pay for the advertising they receive yet the loan doesn’t come down!).

So perhaps we are all being really hard on poor Alan Pardew and we should instead focus on Mike Ashley? For what it’s worth I don’t accept this.

Yes Ashley is the route cause of our stupefying mediocrity but Alan Pardew is a Faustian character that has made his deal with the devil. He takes the Ashley shilling and is the most vocal apologist for his regime.

Remember he stated he had the players to challenge for a Champions League place before the season started and just loves to dedicate victories to Mike Ashley. Well I for one would have loved him to dedicate yesterday’s result to Ashley…”This one’s for you Mike!”

As such, Pardew needs to be accountable for team results just as Ashley is accountable for his disgraceful under-cooking of our commercial growth since his ownership began;  he is not good enough for our great club and I for one am desperate for a change and a Manager with a little more principle and professional integrity.

I won’t be cowed into accepting that mediocre is good enough for NUFC, by London journalists who would be shouting from the roof tops if this was happening at Spurs or Arsenal.

It’s time for change at all levels of our club and  it’s up to us to make it happen. If that means we are ‘fickle’ then we are no worse than Liverpool, Spurs or Arsenal fans, who have all been dissatisfied with their managers at stages this season.

Remember to paraphrase Albert Einstein,  the definition of madness is do the same thing repeatedly and expect a different result.

To repeatedly back Alan Pardew will ultimately result in a continuation of a boom and bust cycle with ultimate ‘regression to the mean’ of a lower mid-table finish. GET HIM OUT!!!


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