Newcastle United Hurt By The Fans’ Great Love Of The Club

One of the comments made by Alan Pardew yesterday on Sky Sports will probably get some publicity, because the Newcastle manager said that the passion and love shown by Geordie fans for their club hurts the club, because there is so much attention on things – like when we have a bad results as one example.

newcastle fans last night

This is Newcastle United 😀

Alan Pardew has already said there has been too much knee jerk reaction to some results this season – like after the first game at Manchester City, the Hull City debacle and the Everton defeat.

And it’s not just the defeats where there’s an over-reaction , but also the wins – like at Aston Villa and Cardiff where we looked like a very good side in both games.

This is the statement Alan made yesterday:

“It’s a city that loves the club so much that it hurts itself, because of that love,”  “If there was perhaps less pressure on our results, and the effect on the city, it would probably be a better club, but that’s what it is – it’s never going to change.”

When all things are going well at Newcastle, when we are winning,  there is nothing better than playing in front of Newcastle fans, and it has to be a huge lift for the players.

But when things are not going well, like last season, those same players will come under pressure from the fans, especially if they don’t show 100% effort and commitment.

That might all be true – but it’s always been like that at Newcastle, and as Alan says it will always be like that.

I know my own reaction to results is hardly logical, and there’s nothing better than writing articles after a great result, and nothing worse than writing them after a poor result.

And I must have heard “But it’s only a game” a million times from my Geordie wife Madeline over the last 41 years. 😀

But that’s just the way it is and yes, it’s a lot different from other clubs – but that’s exactly what makes Newcastle United very special compared to some other clubs.

That’s the truth.

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14 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    The Chronicle says that Time4Change are “hopeful of at least 1,000 people turning up”…

    What happened to 5,000 Liverpool fans from Spirit of Shankly and at least that amount from our own fan base?

    I’m sorry, but 1,000 fans out of around 45,000 that must be going to the match and many others who can’t go for whatever reason would be pretty poor. I know some people will support the cause but wouldn’t go on a march, but that’s still pretty low.

  • Wiz

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    The most illuminating thing Pardew said in that same interview was about Mike Ashley. Pardew said his boss doesn’t understand football, and sometimes is upset at certain features of football business life and then is provoked into doing things that are not in the interests of Newcastle United. I know what he means, don’t you? When Ashley feels he’s not getting the thick end of a deal, something he’s used to when buying and selling tat, he throws a wobbly and calls the whole thing off. This is Pardew code for ‘Ashley cocks up the deals I want to do, not Old Joe.’ And I must say that coincides with my own prejudices. Joe might be hopeless, but he’s loyal. He won’t cock up deals that Ashley wants doing.

  • Geordie1

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    I think you will find that there will be more than a 1000 protesters I’m of the opinion that there will be at least 2-3 thousand we have to stand together to send the message to Ashley that enough is enough what happend to his business brain Speculate to Accumalate or is his so called 5 year plan totaly flucked.




  • jimmysmith

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    TDS, why do you constantly chip away at and belittle the march, an earnest attempt by others to encourage change, while you also claim Ashley is a poor owner.

    Why not give it the chance to succeed or fail, before you judge it.

    What’s the good of you?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5


    I think Ashley is just damn stubborn which is what makes him a great negotiator.

    The problem is, it’s not like buying a normal business asset, where waiting 6 or 12 months and finding the asking price has halved can only be a good thing.

    Imagine your wife’s car has gone to the scrapyard and you go to negotiate on one of 3 that she wants. But then you refuse to budge on price and come back without a car telling her that if you wait a few weeks then you’ll find a better deal. The problem is that the wife has to rely on public transport until then, meaning she can’t do her job as well and may even end up getting sacked…

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6


    Hopefully more. What happened to the 5,000 scousers?

    And if the message is getting MA out of the club…er…what happens after that?

  • wynsleap

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Any Newcastle supporter who wants this club to be run in an ambitious manner with decent investment, top professional and respected management and a desire to compete with the rest of the Premier League (I know Man. U., Chelsea and City are too far away) should join this march.
    I suspect that it may be the only chance we’ll have of showing our dissatisfaction with the current owner.
    It should also just be the start of a constant campaign.
    If you want the best you’ve got to fight for it and if you want any motivation think of the likes of Joe Harvey, Wyn Davies, Bob Moncur, Kevin Keegan, Robert Lee and Alan Shearer etc. who gave their all (and more) for the club.
    For any supporter willing to back Ashley in his ‘balanced book’ project – shame on you!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8


    I’m not belittling the march actually, I hope it has a positive effect. I will belittle some of the completely fools who are such proponents of it though because they don’t have a clue. The time4change message seems positive and potentially could bring about some good changes for the club.

    But if you want specifics of why I’m not exactly hopeful, here goes:
    – one minute we are bringing 5,000 scousers, now no mention (probably a good thing)
    – talk of 10,000 plus, now “hopeful” of at least 1,000
    – a minority of complete morons/hooligans run the risk or ruining it for the majority
    – even 1,000 fans doesn’t tell me that they speak for the majority
    – judging by the comments on this site and others regarding the march, I don’t think all of the fans and fans groups have bought into the united message
    – demanding Mike Ashley leave the club is pointless unless there is a potential buyer
    – Any heavy anti Mike Ashley actions could either turn Mike Ashley against the club or put off other potential owners

    It has been made quite clear that we want a wealthy (needs to be billionaire) owner who wants to own and run the club for the spirit, passion and potential success of our wonderful club. Yeah…good luck finding one of those…

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9


    But WHO is going to run this club in a more ambitious manner? Not Ashley. Not since he received death threats against his family. Does anyone actually believe that relationship is repairable? Not me.

    If not him, then WHO? See my last paragraph in my last post.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    You don’t think someone needs to turn the first sod, and that that, in and of itself might just be an admirable thing. I think most of us recognize the problems involved, we just don’t rubbish it before it’s been given its opportunity.

  • Scottiedog

    Oct 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    The march will not work!! The most this march will do is agitate the players 🙁

    Looking at our team we are two players away from a great team and if we can go in for Micah & Ince / Zaha then I will have no complaints.

    It does seem MANY supporters on here want change, but we need consistency first so any new player in must realise they are not going to disrupt. If we get a new owner in chances are they are going to bring in a new manager, is the manager going to like the team?? No, he is going to want to stamp his own ideas and change the system and bring in many new players. Sunderland springs to mind!!

    We do not need a new manager, we need to bring somebody like Lee Clarke in who can work alongside Pardew.

  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #12

    ToonDarnSarf @6

    There’s no way that 5,000 scousers’d join the demo as they’re running the risk of breaking their bail or Tag conditions. Or more likely, they’ll be in a Liverpool crack house as it’ll be Giro week!

  • nufcusa

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #13

    The march is a waste of time and really should not be given the time of day. As newcastle supporters the only thing we should be doing on match day is supporting the team and not causing any other distractions it sideshows for the media to pounce upon.

    I am not saying MA is doing a great or evn good job and does not deserve criticism. However, any supporters who are actually in this for change and not just to look like a hero on the tele after a few pints is not the fan you want to attend.

    Do it on a non match day and then see who turns up and is in this for real. Leave the match day for supporting the team.

  • Geordie1

    Oct 14, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #14

    My god reading some of these hypocritical remarks is a joke in its self if we do nowt he will be thinking shit how can I wind these Geordies up anymore and don’t give me that clap trap “Ooh it will never work” or “We better not upset the fat git” if you don’t try you will never know this march has the backing of the Council, Police and the majority of TOON fans we cannot and will not stand idly by and watch this tyrant destroy 121 years of Newcastle United history. End of!


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