There is no doubt that football is a fickle game, we all love winning but struggle to tolerate bad form and bemoan negative results.
Of course any football fan who claim they enjoy losing are talking out their arse, we all have expectations and within those expectations are for our team to produce on the pitch. Whether you support a giant like Real Madrid or a tin pot club like Sunderland realistically you understand defeat is inevitable at times, but it doesn’t ever prevent the frustration and disappointment when you do drop points.
Never has there been a truer terminology than zero to hero or hero to zero in the game we love. Especially for Managers of clubs who always appear to be on the knife’s edge. When a team is in good form you will hear the fans singing the gaffer’s name from the terraces but when it goes pear shaped you will see the same fans take to social network to vent their anger. Usually demanding the Manager is sacked from his position.
I have always thought the stick we get as fans of Newcastle United are slightly unjust. I have heard us described as disillusion, fickle and even vicious by rival fans. Can we be those things? sure we can and we are at times but then which set of football fans aren’t? We all want to win honors, we all want to play attractive football and we want our players to show fight, passion and pride whenever they represent our beloved team. I wouldn’t tar us with a different brush to other supporters, like most fans in world football we merely have ambition.
Back on topic, it’s been fair to say that Newcastle fans have been split on Alan Pardew for some time. Some were skeptical when he was appointed whilst others have lost faith in his ability to coach Newcastle United as time has gone on. Pardew’s time at the club has provided wonderful highs and some pretty miserable lows. The heights of European football but the lows of a relegation battle last season.
Alan’s arrogance and excuses have tripped him up with United fans at times. Some think he fails to take responsibility for mistakes and will blame anything but himself in defeat. Pardew’s tactics have also come under scrutiny at times with fans feeling he plays negatively and encourages ‘huff ball’ football. I have heard other fans say he ‘breaks’ players. I took to Twitter and read that some supporters feel has taken the likes of Moussa Sissoko, who arrived at the club with heaps of expectation and by playing such players out of position has ‘ruined’ them.
Now I am the first to admit that I have led the Pardew out brigade at times, especially last season. I think most of us sat there and watched a weakened Liverpool team put six past us at home and wondered what the hell is going on in that dressing room?! But I will give Mr Pardew some credit, at times this season he has got it spot on. That’s his set up, his tactics, his substitutions. We have been lucky at times with Spurs away being a prime example but look at the Chelsea and Man United games. We were good value for both victories.
Do I think Alan Pardew is a wonderful Manager? No I don’t. Do I think he’s doing a good job at present? Yes very much so. I respect that Alan has had mountains to climb at times and that he gave us our best League finish in years, I also appreciate that this season has had me smiling rather than pulling my hair out. What I do think is it’s unfair that some supporters continue to give the Manager flak when things are going well. My message has always been clear, get behind the team every Saturday and try not to bemoan things that are beyond our control- The Manager being one of those things.
As long as Mr Ashley owns the club, Pardew will be in the hot seat. He’s doing a brilliant job at the moment, if he can sort out our inconsistency against Sunderland and learn to bin the excuses I would be a little bit happier. Alan currently has a 37% win rate as a Premier League Manager, hopefully he can boost that percentage with a successful campaign this season. Getting back to the word fickle, we are happy now but will fans be calling for Pardew’s head when we have our next rough spell?
What do you think? Is Alan the right man?