Silly season is here in full force, with the BBC leading from the front in terms of hysterical reporting. Whilst some may expect the national broadcasters to approach the game sensibly, it seems as though the editors at BBC Sport have gone down the same route as the Daily Star over the festive period, readily sensationalising Steve Parish’s words for a snappy headline.
Steve Parish’s words in full can be heard here, along with a sight of the headline the BBC used to lure people into clicking on the piece in the first place. In a world where web traffic is King, there is no hiding place from hysteria.
Whilst speaking to Palace’s co-chairman recently, it appears as though their reporter quizzed him over Pardew’s future, prompting Steve to use Real Madrid as a ludicrously ambitious suitor for the silver-haired 54-year-old, thus allowing the BBC to use his musings to raise a question over whether or not the former Newcastle boss could be on his way to the Bernabeu.
CPFC2010 are no strangers to losing managers against their will, having seen both Dougie Freedman and Tony Pulis walk away from the club without being sacked, but you would hope that the current sense of positivity sweeping across the club will go a long way towards keeping Pardew in SE25 for years to come.
Much of the speculation surrounding the boss’ immediate future revolves around the possibility of the England job being offered to him, but with the European Championships still six months away and the FA seemingly happy with Roy Hodgson as things stand, talk of Pardew’s exit can still be labelled as highly premature.
You have to give credit to the BBC really, who have taken a fairly innocuous response to a question from Parish and turned it into something that people will rapidly click on, but given their reputation for level-headed reporting, it’s certainly something of a departure for their sports department.
Perhaps 2016 will be the year that we see them lurch towards sensation headlines and leading questions instead of genuine journalism, joining the ever-growing ranks who have pounced upon the general public’s insatiable appetite for gossip and rumour.
What an unpleasant thought.