Alan Pardew walked out of St. James Park and was immediately welcomed into the bosom of the Crystal Palace fans, a cult hero at Selhurst Park from his playing days.
His arrival coincided with a remarkable run of results that propelled Palace out of the relegation zone and there was even talk of another Manager of The Year award for the smooth talking silver fox.
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However, after four straight defeats what are Crystal Palace fans saying now?
Defeat last night to Manchester United, followed on from losses at home to both West Brom and Hull, as well as losing at Stamford Bridge.
Has the new manager bounce…stopped bouncing?
These are some of the mixed messages I discovered on the Crystal Palace fans’ Holmesdale message board.
‘We lost at home against a poor (Manchester) United side…not good enough!!’
‘I’ll be happy if he struggles as much as he did with Newcastle and Southampton.’
‘Make it 4 losses in a row! Any other time of the season that’s considered relegation form. Worrying sign of things to come next season.’
‘He was so bad at Newcastle at his worst he kept them in the premiership this season, where as his replacement has achieved the kind of record that even Derby county in the premiership could mock.’
‘Defend Pardew as much as you like. He’s got his tactics wrong 4 weeks in a row. That’s the kind of form that turned 52,000 Geordies against him.’
‘Things were going well when Palace were hitting everybody on the break with the pace of the wingers. Surprise surprise, these professional opponents looked at the dangers and have dropped deep to nullify the threat. Pardew has shown he has no Plan B and the losses have not been a fluke.’
‘Just checked the stats, and although AP has really improved our away performances, the home situation has barely changed with the change of managers.
Under Warnock, our home record in all competitions this season was won 2; drew 2; lost 6; goals for 12; goals against 17.
With Pardew, the record is won 3; drew 1; lost 6; for 11; against 15.
I know the pitch is really bad, but it’s the same for both teams. Is it just that we don’t have the nous to break down teams who come to Selhurst and sit back and try and catch us on the break?’
‘I think this summer the focus by Pardew needs to be the Plan B style where teams are prepared to concede possession to us and we do have to break them down.’
‘Away we will still be more suited to the counter attack where our pace and directness can still work, but at home I think we’re going to have to find another way through to achieve results.’
‘Not a negative post following a couple of disappointing results in an otherwise fantastic run, just an observation for next season.’
(Forum topic of who goes down?)
‘Everyone said he would have a good initial burst (which gladly turned into a great burst). But when the wheels come off the true Pardew would show. That’s the stage we have now. Next season will be a struggle even with new signings.’
‘In truth when Pardew came in, if he’d said, we’ll be on 42 points with eight games to go, but those last games will all be s**t I’d have taken that.’
‘Last place is between Hull, Sunderland and Newcastle. All of whom deserve the drop more than Burnley do. Especially Newcastle.’
‘We are safe because of the new manager boost that Pardew brought to the club. He won’t be able to do that next season. Get used to more consecutive losses like have come lately… Already fell out with the club captain. The star winger will be sold. Pulis signings like Ledley will be sold.
But at least he can borrow players like Yaya Sanogo…’
If that were true Newcastle would be doing no worse than they were before Christmas. They were going OK, now they’re totally in the toilet.
What is more, anyone can see that we now have capabilities we didn’t have before – like being able to change our game plan if things start going Pete Tong.’