Most football fans and pundits alike thought that Alan Pardew had lost the dressing room, and it’s unsurprising when you consider Newcastle’s recent form in the current calendar year. Before their recent revival, Newcastle had managed just five Premier League victories in 2014. Yet the Magpies have now won three league games on the bounce, including an away trip to Spurs and a 1-0 victory over Liverpool.
This resurgent period for Newcastle has seemingly come out of nowhere. There were no indicators that performances and results would start picking up. As recently as September, Newcastle failed to win any of their three Premier League matches, and the pressure was ever increasing on Pardew’s silver head.
Surely not a single Newcastle fan was willing to stand by Pardew as he seemingly ran out of ideas?! Yet crucially Mike Ashley was prepared to. Many would still claim that it was the wrong decision to keep hold of the ex-West Ham manager, but there’s no denying that the players are still very much on his side and fighting for the cause.
Football clubs don’t go on winning runs in the Premier League when all the playing staff have lost faith in the manager, it can’t happen and it doesn’t happen. Therefore, that’s proof enough that 53-year-old Englishman is doing his job just fine in terms of team morale.
Of course, the manager simply having the players on his/her side is not enough for football supporters, and why would it be, results are everything. Now the results are rolling in for Newcastle and after four straight wins in all competitions the fans are starting to turn. Fittingly on Halloween weekend a sign was displayed by a couple of Newcastle supporters after their victory over Liverpool, which read ‘Pardew – Back from the dead’.
He’s certainly back, and so are Newcastle; the Geordie outfit’s fan base were seemingly beyond the point of no return just a few months ago, and now a few are admitting they are reasonably happy – as long as the good results continue of course.
I suppose that’s the fickle nature of football fans. Regardless of the club stature , if results are positive the supporters are happy. Likewise if the results are not so good then the fans will be flying over an [enter manager name] OUT! banner.
The team are performing better and the fans are happier – obviously. Pardew should still be given the credit he deserves. Ok, he hasn’t been doing his job very well in general over the past two seasons, but he’s done well enough. For managing to survive an absolute barrage of abuse and pressure, and to now stringing performances and results together Pardew may well be in for the Manager of the Season award if he can keep the momentum going.
The dismal times have left Tyneside – for now – and Alan Pardew is there to see the good times, quite an incredible achievement for Newcastle, even if the supporters have had to put up with an incredibly disappointing 2014.