Pardew’s Imminent Newcastle Return Has Sent Their Local Press Mad

0 Posted by - April 28, 2016 - News

Saturday afternoon will see Alan Pardew return to St James’ Park for the first time since leaving Newcastle United for Crystal Palace at the start of 2015, provoking the local press on Tyneside into something of a frenzy.

This astonishing article only serves to reinforce the assumption that the local press in Newcastle have a deeply personal grudge against Alan Pardew.

With the Toon Army slap bang in the middle of a relegation scrap, Rafa Benitez is no doubt keen to focus entirely on the potential for a precious three points against us on Saturday, but for the journalists who work in the city, it appears as though Pardew’s pending return is the real story of the week.

The above article, which documents each and every quote Pardew has given about his stint at Newcastle since leaving for SE25, runs to an astonishing 2,133 words; breaking it all down into categories such as “Transfer Policy” and “The Local Media”. Far be it for me to question the wisdom of any local paper, but do the club’s fans really care that much about a manager who left the 16 months ago? Particularly when you consider the rather pressing need for victories in the battle to avoid the drop.

Whilst our own fortunes have stuttered dramatically of late, (papered over in wonderful style by a trip to May’s FA Cup Final) we still find ourselves well clear of the bottom three and hopeful of mathematically securing our place in the Premier League next season with a victory this weekend. Consequently, as an outsider looking in, I can’t help but feel that Newcastle’s supporters deserve more from their local newspaper than to see articles based solely around quotes given months ago about a now irrelevant subject.

The lack of affection between the Geordie faithful and Pardew is no secret, but in this instance, it’s difficult to escape the assumption that the local press are still baring a bitter personal grudge against the former Newcastle boss, which is unfairly colouring the perception of the club’s supporters in the process.

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  • Dax April 28, 2016 - 8:53 am Reply

    Yes, sadly some “click-bait” websites do have a pre-occuptation with him. They all went quiet when he had a successful start at Palace, but they’ve slowly come out f the woodwork again to exploit his poor run. Sad negative folk.

    I for one, am grateful for the job he did for us at NUFC and wish him well, and i’m sure i speak on behalf of the vast majority. Its just a shame when these idiot minorities crop up from time to time. Frankly we find the whole “cockney mafia” thing disgraceful.

    • admin April 28, 2016 - 9:05 am Reply

      Don’t get me wrong Dax, I understand your annoyance with the team under his guidance broadly, but this latest thing from the Chronicle is laughable.

    • Sickandtired April 28, 2016 - 11:37 am Reply

      You don’t speak for me, mate.
      ‘Alright criticising the Press, but no one was doing that when Pardew was being lauded as the next best thing since sliced bread early in the season. Wrighty had him down as a future England manager!
      Facts speak for themselves. Palace sit one above the relegation spots (mathematics aside) and at Newcastle Pardew had a 38% win rate. That equates to the same league position.
      As for positions when he was in charge (Richard), we had a 15th (just) and a 16th in his 4 years with us. Facts speak for themselves if you bother to learn them.

  • Richard C April 28, 2016 - 8:54 am Reply

    If we are the architects of the Toon relegation then to be honest I couldn’t be happier. The amount of stick given to Pardew is totally unjust. There was absolutely no question of them being in the position they are now whilst he was in charge and yet 16 months down the line they still blame him for just about everything.

    I am not saying all of the fans by the way as I have seen sensible posts which recognise the urgent need to move on, but the Mag in particular has run some frankly disgusting articles.

    Roll on the weekend, even a point for Palace will probably be enough to see Newcastle relegated.

    • admin April 28, 2016 - 9:07 am Reply

      Here’s hoping we get a win. Safety would be guaranteed with three points.

  • Martyn April 28, 2016 - 9:27 am Reply

    I wouldn’t get riled up about this, Pardew doesn’t care. We’re going to stay up and rebuild in the summer where he will have a say in who he wants to sign and we’re in the final of the FA cup at Wembley in a few weeks.

    It’s like our journalists slating Neil Warnock haha

  • Martyn April 28, 2016 - 1:36 pm Reply

    Hoppo just made a petition to change the referee for the final.

    Fancy signing it?

    • Martyn April 28, 2016 - 1:36 pm Reply

      *I just

  • Richard C April 28, 2016 - 2:20 pm Reply

    Well “Sick and Tired”, I agree that facts are facts. Fact, NUFC never got relegated under Pardew and this season, barring a miracle they probably will be so I fail to see what I have got wrong.

  • ChrisT87 April 28, 2016 - 11:29 pm Reply

    I am disturbed by the childishness of all of this as a Newcastle supporter, next weekend we play AstonVilla and numerous bloggers keep on about the woes of may 2009 at villa park when we were relegated. Since when did Newcastle have serious enduring beef with either villa or palace, I just can’t be bothered but there are many here who keep on perpetuating this agro on both sides.
    We all know Pardew will relegate us whilst winning FACup weeks later, its written in the stars.
    I feel ambivalent towards the pardew era, there were good times, but it was always the case of him being undermined by Ashley, Lambias, Charnley, selling the best players halfway through season whilst constructing a deformed squad. We signed only one player when we narrowly missed 4th spot, yep Vurnon Anita ,not much of a reward for manager of the season .

    Although I don’t think he ever got what it was to be Newcastle manager in the manner Rafa has, he gets the city and the club and the potential.
    Surely Pardew had to go when he headbutted Hulls Meyler , but no one other than Newcastle supporters see how much of a tight arse Ashley still is, he could not be bothered to sack Pardew he just fulfilled Ashley’s criteria of sustained mediocrity.
    Although Newcastle have had some life breathed back into them they are still a zombie club and have not added anything positive to the competition level of premier league whilst also being horrendously run off the pitch regarding Jonas’s Cancer case and denuding of black & white brand to nought. Relegation beckons and it is thoroughly deserved and I am sure you will all be royally amused by Newcastles demise.
    I wish Palace well to an extent just not the insufferable smuggness of Pardew , clearly its a well run club with a vibrant fan culture.

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