It didn’t take long for Newcastle to pick up right where they left off: in trouble.
After a strong start to last season, Newcastle collapsed down the backstretch, losing 14 of their final 20 games and settling for a 10th place finish. The club had high hopes of repeating a top-ten finish, but things are off to a very rocky start at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle sits in last place in the Premier League table, earning only two points in four games. Following an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Southampton over the weekend, Pardew refused to talk to the media. This upset the fans even more, prompting a protest to be formed for Newcastle’s upcoming match against Hull City.
A group of supporters have formed a “Sack Pardew” website, which has spearheaded this whole movement. The website allows fans to donate to the cause, and also allows fans to sound off on the club. Below is an excerpt from the group’s mission statement, via SackPardew.com
This is why Alan Pardew is not the correct man to take Newcastle United forward. He cannot make us proud or make us believe that he can take this great football club in the right direction. There have been far too many unsavoury incidents, contradictory statements and disastrous results for his tenure to continue unchallenged. This site documents his failures as a manager and will continue to highlight them until there is a change.
Signs calling out against Pardew and management were seen at the match against Southampton, and will be even more visible this week. One of the group’s leaders said that the protest would take place peacefully and safely, as the group has required all proper legal documents to stage the rally.
“We have 200 banners, similar in size to the ones you saw at Southampton on Saturday, that are currently being completed at printers around the city. They are small enough to conceal so we can get them into the stadium, but we don’t want to go down that road.”
Owner Mike Ashley has also come under fire during Newcastle’s recent run of play, yet he has refused to allow angry fans to influence his decision-making. While Ashley has reportedly said Pardew may have until Christmas to make a claim for his job, the supporter’s want a move to be made immediately.
With only one win in their last 15 matches at home, Alan Pardew’s side must earn all three points against Hull City this weekend. If the Magpies see another defeat at the hands of a lesser side, it may be the last time Alan Pardew coaches at St. James’ Park.