Forget the players. Forget Alan Pardew. Even forget Mike Ashley’s debilitating lack of investment. The real reason behind Newcastle United’s slump in form was revealed over the weekend.
After Pardew’s comments blaming the local media for Newcastle’s latest troubles on the pitch, regional newspaper the Sunday Sun decided to issue an apology to their readership. Accepting full responsibility for the club’s horrendous recent run of results, the newspaper also held themselves accountable for “headbutting David Meyler too.”
The Toon Army on Twitter have reacted positively to the sarcastic headline.
At least the Sunday sun has an apology how we have played this season and for pardews head butt #nufc
— Michael (@toonmick39) April 13, 2014
Fans of the Magpies have grown tired of Pardew consistently blaming anything other than himself for the club’s troubles, with the Newcastle Evening Chronicle even producing a random excuse generator to aid the manager in future interviews and press conferences.
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) April 13, 2014
I wonder when Pardew is going to use the excuse ‘the dog ate my homework’ #nufc
— Christopher Steele (@ChrisSteele90) April 14, 2014
— Richard Crowder (@Crowdinho) April 12, 2014
The “apology” came after the Toon Army publicly expressed their anger with Pardew at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, with the latest defeat hardly strengthening the manager’s case.
— Kris. (@hoothoot81) April 13, 2014
— leigh smith (@geordieleighs) April 14, 2014
1 year on from that pathetic derby humiliation, nothings improved, more gutless performances, #pardewout
— alex (@nufcalex1) April 14, 2014
However, Newcastle fans can now relax their campaign. The Sunday Sun have finally accepted responsibility for the club’s troubles this season.