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Pardew confronted by frustrated Den Haag fans on training field

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Alan Pardew is experiencing a few — shall we say — growing pains in his first couple of months in charge of Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, culminating in a number of frustrated fans entering the club’s training field and confronting the English manager on Wednesday.

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According to reports, around 10 supporters made their way onto the club’s training field to protest recent results. Den Haag have won just one of six games since Pardew was named manager on Christmas Eve. That lone victory came on Pardew’s debut all the way back on Jan. 19. Since then, they have lost three games and drawn two.

Talks between the fans and staff are said to have gone smoothly, but their mere presence is a clear indicator that Pardew isn’t exactly universally loved. With Den Haag currently sitting in 17th place — one spot and four points from the relegation playoff place — Pardew’s Dutch adventure is looking more and more like it’ll be just a six-month stay as his initial contract stated.

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Den Haag CEO Mohammed Hamdi commented on the fans’ protest with the following statement: “ADO Den Haag has one of the most loyal groups of fans in the Netherlands. They are so passionate and want to support the team. The club and supporters are supporting Alan Pardew and the team.”

Police find hand grenade at ADO Den Haag supporters HQ

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) Police in Den Haag say they found a hand grenade at a building used by supporters of the city’s soccer team, ADO Den Haag.

A photo published by local media showed the grenade hanging next to the building, which had also been sprayed with three Xs in red paint.

Local broadcaster Omroep West reported that a training session for ADO at its stadium nearby was halted while the grenade was removed.

The graffiti appears to suggest involvement of somebody from Amsterdam. The Dutch capital’s coat of arms features three Xs.

Amsterdam is home to Ajax, the Amsterdam club taking on Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Jacco van Leeuwen, chairman of the ADO supporters’ association, tells Omroep West “this is absolutely a new deep point in soccer history.”

In February, vandals suspected of being soccer hooligans from Den Haag painted graffiti including swastikas and anti-Semitic texts on buildings in Amsterdam ahead of a match between ADO and Ajax. Ajax is often portrayed as a club with historic links to Amsterdam’s Jewish community.