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Pardew Pleads With Fans To Support The Players

8:43 am, Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Alan Pardew has come out and asked the Newcastle fans to support the side in Saturday’s game with Cardiff City at St. James’ Park, with some fan organizations wanting fans to walk out of the game after 60 minutes, on what is the last home game of the season.

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Alan Pardew - asks fans to support the players

Alan Pardew is obviously aware of that, and if it happens, whatever the score, it can hardly have a positive effect on the team on the field – and Mike Ashley will make sure he’s not even at the game.

But we could still see a walk-out happen on Saturday, such is the frustration of fans at the running of the club by Mike Ashley and our terrible form this year under manager Alan Pardew.

And of course the press will have a field day if it does happen, and that will dominate  the headlines after the game, whatever the result.

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskaer will also think he will have a real chance of getting something out of this game, and maybe even a win and all 3 points, which could even save them this season.

This is what Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:

“I know the fans are unhappy and disappointed, particularly with myself,” “But we need the stadium in the best possible shape we can have it. The players need a lift.”

“If we can show the same kind of character, we’ve got enough quality to win the Cardiff game.” “The one thing I do know is that we’re going to give it a good go, for sure.”

It seems strange to say we are going to give it a go at home against the bottom of the league side Cardiff City, who in all likelihood will be one of the clubs relegated – but so is the plight of Newcastle these days, that a win would be an exceptional result.

We are hoping we can get the win on Saturday, which would put a more positive imprint on the season.

And it would probably mean we would definitely stay in the top ten, depending on how Stoke City fare at home to Fulham, and how Crystal Palace perform at home to Liverpool on Monday night.

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bobby mango // May 1, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    In the grand scheme of things I think it’s more important to demonstrate how the fans really feel. Although it could possibly jeopardise 1 result.

    This one game is far more important for Pardew and his career than it is for our session and the fans.

    If we were ever going to do a walk out this is the game to do it.

  • 2 Rotonda heights // May 1, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    The payers and everyone else would get a massive lift if you just went P45DUE.

  • 3 theartfuldodger // May 1, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    So he wants support whether you like to give it or not.

    Pardew:
    Look, its best to support us as Im gonna be here for a long time.

  • 4 theartfuldodger // May 1, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Dats what Pardew must be saying in his head.

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // May 1, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Blah blah blah, the fans need to support the team. I seem to remember being told this after the loss at home to Sunderland and then away to Chelsea. The fans came, supported, were rewarded with a 0-4 stuffing from Spurs.

    Then last season, week in week out players and management would come out and ask for the fans support, and say this week we want to get a result for the fans, what happened? More often then not we didn’t perform.

    I hope people do walk out on 60 minutes, although at the same time, I would also like to see if the players and manager had the gall to do a lap of honour in front of a full house at the end of the match!

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // May 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Sorry, that should read ‘honour’

  • 7 thai-mag // May 1, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Alan[next week]Pardew says “we are going to give it a go for sure”, that’s what he said last time we played them at home in the FA cup, he then dropped our 2 best players and made 5 other changes, he will get what he deserves, nothing, the man is a buffoon

  • 8 cyprus // May 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Lil,
    Respect for your opinion. Still, I think this guy could’ve been the start of the entertainers 2 if we had had a different manager. Dreaming :)

  • 9 Marty-Toon // May 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    “We have enough quality to win the Cardiff game”
    So we don’t have a game plan again,Alan.you’re just hoping one of the players can use the quality they have to do something special as the rest of the team try to keep us in the game.
    Feel sorry for the likes of Anita,of you watch his work rate on the field when we don’t have the ball,he seems to be the only one pushing on the opposition and pressing them.
    He’s a bit small for the PL but he’s a good passer of the ball and a clever player.
    Really can see us gettin beat by Cardiff again.
    8 defeats in a row including the Liverpool(a cert) game,that’ll give Ashley somethin to think about.

  • 10 cyprus // May 1, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    This guy= HBA (from previous thread)

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // May 1, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Jesper,
    Surely damage control is where you release stories that control or limit the damage done by actions. I’m not sure where you think Pardew has limited or controlled damage heading his way given the abuse he is getting?

    Martoon,
    I fully agree, HBA should at the very least be on the bench for Cardiff, although I would have him starting personally ahead of Gosling.

  • 12 estechco // May 1, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Ed, can you add a “don’t care” option to your poll?

    I’d already advocated a 0 or 45 minute walk out a couple of weeks back, but the 60 minute walk out is sounding increasingly appealing to me.

    Clearly Pardew doesn’t like the sound of it, which is even more reason to do it?

  • 13 Malta Mag // May 1, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    I’ve supported Alan Pardew for long periods during his reign while the normal knee jerk reactionaries filled the blog as soon as the team lost a couple of games on the bounce. Now however it’s clear that a change must occur because the results speak volumes and no excuses in the world can justify the performances. Look at the names on the team sheet these past few games and then try and justify the woeful performance of the players? The continuation to play Ameobi has also upset me when young Adam Armstrong has been itching to get on and show his worth. Unlike some I don’t think the selling of Cabaye was the catalyst it was a series of things that have finally gotten us to the stage we now face.
    The answer is not to boycott the Games but to do as suggested in either walking out after 60 minutes or as I had suggested, in standing up and turning the back to the pitch. Either way it will have a visual impact and show the powers to be that the situation as it is cannot continue.
    As for the game itself well to be honest I’m not bothered because if we were to lose then I’m sure that would be the end for Alan Pardew and a new manager brought in for next season as I can’t believe Mike Ashley will put up with this for much longer.
    Depressing times but we’ve been here before and as Geordies we are the eternal optimists.

  • 14 toonluvva // May 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    P45due is getting his excuses ready for the post match interview.

    I’ll bet he’ll say something like ” We could have won it if the fans had been behind us.” So the inevitable defeat at the hands of Cardiff will all be down to the 50k fans and not his awful team selection, tactics, substitutions and man management.

    We, the fans, have been warned.

  • 15 ronjohno // May 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Why doesn’t Pardew and his players realise that our support has to be earned and they are supposed to rouse us not the other way round.
    For me it is too late as far as Pardew is concerned and if he sees out his contract then I see nothing but more of the same. For what it is worth I would like to see Nigel Clough in charge.

  • 16 tynesidetommo // May 1, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    That HBA interview is frightening.
    For a Frenchman he is more lucid than Pards.
    But come to think of it that wouldn’t be too difficult .. for sure.
    For sure




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