Newcastle had a very good season in Alan Pardew’s first full term on Tyneside and finished 5th top of the league, but then last season we had a very bad season and finished 5th bottom.
Alan Pardew – will he meet with the fans?
And it seems a number of Newcastle fans have formed the opinion that Alan Pardew is simply not good enough to be the Newcastle manager, and that Newcastle are not playing the type of football they want to see.
It’s always dangerous when a Newcastle manager loses the support of the fans, and the last good example of that was with Sam Allardyce, who didn’t do too bad in his seven months or so at Newcastle, but the fans turned against him, and he was fired by Mike Ashley in early January and Kevin Keegan took over.
Alan Pardew has said he wants to speak to the Newcastle fans, and maybe some of the topics to discuss could be the following – as an example:
1) What’s his ambition as to where Newcastle will finish next season, and in the next two or three years
2) What are Newcastle’s transfer targets this summer, in terms of positions being looked at, and he doesn’t need to mention specific targets by name – which he will not
3) What type of football does he want Newcastle to play and why did we play the long ball so much last season
4) questions etc
Whoever represents the fans in this meeting have to be civil, xalm and controlled, and there cannot be the stuff that we were told went on when fans first met with Derek LLambias during the relegation season.
Apparently during that meeting one fan made a foul-mouthed outburst at Llambias shortly into that meeting – and that was hardly good.
Newcastle fans may be annoyed at what happened last season, but meeting with the manager has to be a civil and controlled meeting based on football topics only.
And Alan Pardew would be well advised to hold one of these meetings when he returns to Newcastle (next week?), because it will help him gain some additional support from the Newcastle fan base – which could be vital for him.
Communication is always a good thing, and there cannot be too much of it – especially in tough times.
What do you think?
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