The narrative that is currently being pushed is that Newcastle United fans are “fickle”, which we are keen to dispel. Our stance remains the same, we firmly believe that Alan Pardew is not the man to take the club forward. It would be fickle for us to let 5 games change opinions borne out of more than two years of wretched performances.
A good run of results will not alter our position. Throughout his managerial career Alan Pardew has shown the ability to put together a run of results. These are typically short lived and usually come after new players have come into the side. The much referenced 5th season was followed by a disastrous 2012-13 campaign in which Newcastle were briefly 90 minutes away from relegation. Last season, following the loan of Loic Remy, Newcastle went on a run of 7 wins in 9 games. When the results stopped coming, Newcastle went on to record 20 points from 26 games. Modest peaks and devastating troughs are a consistent trait of his management. This has not just happened at our club. Before joining Newcastle, Alan Pardew was a manager sacked from a third tier job (Southampton have done well without him) and hounded out from Charlton after relegating them and leaving them anchored to the Championship drop zone. In his second Premier League season at West Ham, he oversaw the club’s worst form in over 70 years.
Many of the on-pitch problems that have been noticed by fans for months have only just been remedied by Alan Pardew within the last few weeks, and many through luck more than judgement. Plenty still go unresolved. We are loath to credit Alan Pardew for the increased involvement of a number of players who have found their way into the side through injury. The outstanding Mehdi Abeid had not started a Premier League game for 3 seasons before grabbing his opportunity in a League Cup tie. Likewise, the currently prolific Ayoze Perez only went beyond a substitute once Emmanuel Riviere and Papiss Cisse sustained injuries. The club deserve immense credit for finding Perez, particularly chief scout Graham Carr, but it is well-established that Pardew’s involvement in transfers is minimal, and long may that continue.
There has also been little difference in the style of play. Newcastle’s possession against West Brom was 43%, whilst the previous three games were in the mid 30s. This is not sustainable for a successful league season and only maintains Newcastle’s status as also-rans, there to make up the numbers and play the underdog. Stopping the opposition from playing will only work for so long at a time. Independently of results, Pardew’s inability to implement a cohesive, attractive and effective style of play will continue to plague his managerial reign. There is the technical ability in our squad to showcase a fluid, aesthetically pleasing and effective game plan in the manner of Southampton or Swansea.
Alan Pardew offers neither consistent progress in terms of results, nor entertaining football and as a fervent supporter of the club’s current regime, he is not a unifying figure that the club’s fans can ever stand behind. Whilst ‘stability’ is often offered as a reason to keep him in post, it is self evident that his very presence and the manner in which he gets his results creates an instability that will continue to damage the football club in the long term.