It didn’t exactly take a footballing genius to know that Alan Pardew was not universally adored while in charge of Newcastle United.
The 54-year old tactician was publicly abused by the Geordie faithful, with the outsiders perhaps baffled at that considering the reasonable job he did in the North East on a limited budget.
Upon moving to Crystal Palace in January 2015, the former West Ham and Reading boss had settled right back into life at Selhurst Park, where he called home during his playing career.
The criticism directed at him by Toon fans was shrugged off by everyone who didn’t reside on Tyneside, with many believing it came about due to an unrealistic expectation of their side.
Typical Newcastle, they said. Thinking they are bigger than they actually are. Deluded Geordies.
Here’s a man who clearly enjoyed a return to South London, who was doing such a good job with a previously unfashionable Eagles outfit, he was touted as a potential England manager one day.
Well, thankfully that is yet to happen.
Pardew is enduring a dismal run of form that has seen his side drop from European hopefuls, to a side sliding toward the relegation battle at an alarming rate.
Crystal Palace have now conceded 2+ goals in 5 of their last 8 matches across all competitions.
Needs addressing. pic.twitter.com/vby6Flpz3n
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 27, 2016
While the situation is perhaps not as dire as some of his days at Toon boss, fans are understandably beginning to question their boss.
Palace have picked up 3 points in the league since Christmas. Ladies and Gentleman, The Pardew Effect. #WBACRY
— Carl Beeley (@CarlBeeley) February 27, 2016
— Pete Brown (@TheTallLankyOne) February 27, 2016
Crystal Palace fans finally realising that what NUFC fans said about Pardew was right..
— Owen Rouse (@owenrouse) February 27, 2016
Amid Palace’s plight, there are naturally some very cocky Newcastle fans.
Brief note on 'deluded' geordies and pards.when we were in 5th, we had west ham and Southampton fans constantly warning us what was to come
— AYE WEY AYE (@andyeswecan) February 3, 2016
The phrase ‘I told you so’ springs to mind.
Well in #NUFC position we can hardly laugh, but anyway Pardew. We weren't deluded Geordies after all then were we?
— David Raper (@Abarth50010) February 27, 2016
Where's all the national press now who slated nufc fans for hating on Pardew?? Called us deluded if I recall. No, It's called knowledge
— Steven Patterson (@Patty_518) February 27, 2016
But #NUFC were wrong to want Pardew gone though right?…
— William Kitchener (@wkitchener) February 27, 2016
— TFS Newcastle United (@TFS_Newcastle) February 5, 2016