Newcastle United’s fan-run website The Mag is now well-known for its obsession with Alan Pardew, despite the fact that the silver-haired 54-year-old left Tyneside nine months ago.
Predictably, their collective desire to pick apart every word he’s ever said in relation to the Toon Army has led them to publish an opinion piece focussed around a throwaway line uttered by the Palace boss in relation to our upcoming Captial One Cup tie against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium.
It seems that Pardew’s claim that we can go into the tie with confidence, given Newcastle’s victory over them at the same venue and stage of the competition last season, has angered the people who populate The Mag’s pages from day to day; which, given past experience, comes as no great surprise.
Whilst you may well struggle to decode the exact reason for their ire (given the fact that you’re a logical human being) it appears to centre around the fact that Pardew put out a below-par side on the night, in preparation for a league game against Liverpool a few days later. Conveniently, those mischievous little scamps at The Mag have ignored the fact that Pardew’s weakened starting XI ran out comfortable winners on the day, vindicating his decision perfectly and giving every one of their traveling fans a memorable triumph at the home of the soon-to-be champions in the process.
You could ask why I am taking the time to shine a light on the website’s deep-rooted passion for Pardew bashing and in some senses, it’s a feasible query, but to put it quite simply, I find it utterly baffling that a publication who claim to speak for a football club’s supporters as a collective entity are still spending such a considerable portion of their time analysing the words of a man who they so desperately wanted to leave in the first place.
I could almost understand it if Pardew had left the Magpies high and dry whilst everything was going swimmingly, but in truth, his final few months at St James’ Park were marred by countless protests over his continued presence in the dugout, whilst news of his eventual departure for SE25 sparked celebrations from Newcastle fans across social media platforms.
The fact that The Mag continue to obsess so openly over the every move of their former gaffer smacks of a former partner regretting their decision to end a relationship and proceeding to tap their ex’s phone whilst hiding in the bushes outside their home in a bid to go through their bins when the moment presents itself. From an outsider’s perspective, the website in question has made itself look truly pathetic in recent months and quite frankly, isn’t worthy of the standing it appears to hold within their supporters’ thoughts.
As a general rule, I have a huge amount of time for Newcastle United and many of the supporters who follow the team so fanatically around the country, but enough is enough; The Mag deserve to be called out for the joke that they’ve so rapidly become.