Newcastle fans are well known for their dislike of former boss Alan Pardew, with The Mag, (one of their biggest independent sites) often leading from the front with digs in the 54-year-old’s direction.
Their latest attempt to put words in the mouths of their own players has come with comments from academy graduate Rolando Aarons, who, in simply highlighting his happiness at new boss Steve McClaren’s coaching methods, is believed to have aimed a parting shot at his former manager Pardew.
The passion with which the Magpies faithful speak of their dislike for the now Palace boss is startling, prompting many from outside of the North East to question the reasoning behind such comments, but after more than eight months apart from one another, you have to admire their efforts to highlight his incompetence.
As we all know, Pardew has enjoyed a truly stunning start to life in SE25, but for all of his success, you can still find countless Newcastle fans who are counting down the days until everything turns sour at Selhurst Park. A fifth placed finish, a Manager of the Year award and a transfer strategy which saw numerous first-team players sold from under his feet wasn’t enough to save Pardew from the ire of Geordies everywhere. Seemingly, that is a trend which will never change.
Looking at Aarons’ comments from the perspective of an outsider, it appears to be nothing more than a young player doing his best to ingratiate himself to the new management structure in the hope of securing a regular place in the side.
Still, what’s the point in allowing the truth to get in the way of a good story?