The Chronicle is reporting that a group of Newcastle United supporters will protest during Saturday’s league match against Hull City – so the atmosphere will certainly not be conducive to Newcastle winning the game – but maybe that’s the point.
Alan Pardew – protests against him on Saturday during game
We have mentioned before how similar the situation is at Newcastle these days, to what it was after Kevin Keegan was fired – and in those days we had protests before the game against Mike Ashley – with Ashley Out banners – and Mike put the club up for sale.
It’s the people who remain anonymous but are behind the website SackPardew.com saying they will have multiple banners out during the game on Saturday.
So we shouldn’t blame Alan Pardew if he is never seen on the touchline on Saturday, whatever happens during the game.
He was criticized for that at St. Mary’s – but it would have been a lot worse if he had come out onto the touchline – because that would have ignited the fans’ protests even more.
It’s going to be interesting to see if stewards allow the banners into the ground on Saturday – although the group say they are small enough to be hidden.
This will do nothing to help the players play anywhere near their best on Saturday, especially when we have so many new players to the club trying to get to grips with things.
This is what the group have told the Chronicle:
“We have 200 banners, similar in size to the ones you saw at Southampton on Saturday, that are currently being completed at printers around the city.”
“They are small enough to conceal so we can get them into the stadium, but we don’t want to go down that road.” “We have contacted the club to let them know our plans and are still waiting to hear back from them.”
“The Hatem Ben Arfa banner (Che Guevara banner) at the Crystal Palace match was ours.” “The club gave us permission as long as it wasn’t offensive and that we had a fire safety certificate, which we have for all 200 banners.”
“We have also let the police and council know our plans. We want this to be peaceful and well-organised.” “We are trying to do something different.”
“A lot has happened under the Mike Ashley era, but we’ve always felt that whenever there was a protest, the personalities involved sidelined what it was about in the first place.”
“We believe remaining anonymous will help us make more of an impact.”
So there you have it.
We think this could backfire big time, because if there are protests and banners all over the ground on Saturday – Mike Ashley – being the contrarian he is – could keep Pardew on as manager – even if we lose the game.
And of course losing the game now looks more likely.
Maybe the protests could take place before and/or after the game – and be as effective without impacting the players – because make no mistake our players will be negatively impacted by this.
But maybe I’m simply missing the point.
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