Since he made the move from Tyneside to Selhurst Park at the start of 2015, the anger directed towards Alan Pardew from Newcastle supporters has been fierce, but now, one of his biggest critics have publicly declared that they may have been wrong to slate him.
This piece suggests that Newcastle fans were wrong to blame Alan Pardew for the club’s poor performance during his time in the hot seat. It represents a remarkable shift in opinion after years of pointed digs at him.
The Mag, a Newcastle fanzine, have been relentless in their denunciation of Pardew as a manager for a number of years, but following their recent relegation from the Premier League, they have published a piece which suggests that they may have been wrong to place the blame for the team’s struggles at his feet instead of those above him in the St James’ Park pecking order.
It represents a stunning U-Turn from the group in question, but does demonstrate that, for all of his faults, the current Palace boss may have been doing a pretty solid job in the North East, given the financial constraints he was forced to contend with.
At this juncture, it feels appropriate to highlight that Pardew’s current approval ratings from the Selhurst Park faithful are at far from their highest point, with an incredible FA Cup run having masked the disenchantment that was provoked by a run of just two Premier League victories in four months following Christmas.
It was a run of form which had many scratching their heads, but now, with our place in the division secure for another season and a showpiece fixture at Wembley just a week away, the murmurs of discontent are significantly less noticeable within our fan base.
For a club of Newcastle’s size, it is surely only a matter of time until the bounce back from the Championship, indeed last time this happened, it took them a single season to return to the top flight, but after years of hammering Pardew for his managerial methods, there seems to have been a shift in the general perception of the job he did on Tyneside.
As I’m sure we can all agree, anyone is better than Steve McClaren.