Rafa Benitez doesn´t really approve of fans booing Alan Pardew tomorrow at St. James’ Park, when the former Newcastle manager brings his Crystal Palace side to Tyneside for the first time since leaving Newcastle suddenly early last year.
There have been lots of local press reports about Pardew this week and it´s safe to say they have not been very positive towards the former manager.
Since Pardew left Newcastle, the fragility of the club has been exposed and in the last 54 league games played since Alan left, we have won 10 and lost 31 – due mainly to the appointment by Lee Charnley of two fairly inept coaches in John Carver and Steve McClaren.
Rafa Benitez – wants fans to support team – forget about Pardew
Rafa isn´t interested in this stuff at all as he is once again all business – and the manager would prefer the fans to support the team and not bother too much with Alan Pardew during the game.
This is what Rafa Benitez had to say today:
“Everyone will have their own opinion. But for me the main thing is once we start, they have to support the team like they have been doing in the past because that makes a difference.”
“It is one when they may have the feelings before but during the game, if everybody is just behind the players and focus on that and helping them, then I think that will be much better.”
“Players feel the atmosphere and it is a massive thing to have the fans behind you. When you play at home, you always have that extra mile in your legs.”
“I do not think the reaction of some Palace players will be different. They are used to playing away and they will just approach the game as they always do.”
“Our fans are quite clever and they know how good they are, so they know that we don’t need to put more anxiety into the players.”
Asked if the fans booing Pardew tomorrow would inspire the Palace players , this is how Benitez responded to that question:
“I will not waste too much time with these things.”
So there you have it – although it´s not surprising that Rafa thinks any booing or chants towards Pardew is simply a waste of time and effort – and will do nothing to help our players.
Helping and supporting our players win tomorrow and in all of our last three games of the season is all that matters at the moment.