Even before the Premier League season has begun, the top flight has seen its first managerial casualty of the campaign with Tony Pulis dramatically walking out on Crystal Palace after a row over transfer policy.
Less than 48 hours before Palace start their season at Arsenal, Pulis, whose appointment last November triggered a remarkable run from likely relegation to comfortable survival, departed the club.
Following the Pulis resignation, many Newcastle fans on Twitter proceeded to give airtime to the #PardewForPalace hashtag.
Palace chairman Steve Parish has in the past publicly stated that he would prefer to hire a manager with links to the club. This fueled rumours in October 2013 following Ian Holloway’s departure from the club that Pardew was set to take over. It was Tony Pulis, however, that filled the vacant position.
Pardew, 52, played 130 games for the club and famously scored the last-minute goal that beat Liverpool in the 1990 FA Cup semi-finals. He still has a house in Surrey as well.
Anyway, here are the best (or the worst, depending on how you look at it) of the tweets:
— NUFC Vines (@NufcVine) August 14, 2014
— FourThreeThree (@Four_3_Three) August 14, 2014
— Randall Bell (@randallbell) August 14, 2014
Some fans, however, stood against this wave of mutual hatred of Pardew. One user, by the name of Jamie Common tweeted this:
Can #nufc actually get behind the manager for once? Can we actually be positive? All this Pardew for Palace shit 2 days before City?
— Jamie Common (@JamieCommon) August 14, 2014
Considering that it is so unlikely that Pardew would leave Newcastle so close to the start of the season, it does appear that campaigns such as these are only likely to cause even more (who knew it) tension within the Newcastle fanbase.
The club have had a wonderfully productive transfer window, bringing in 9 fresh faces, and though Pardew’s involvement in the dealings wouldn’t have been as significant as those in positions higher up (namely, Lee Charnley), he has done well this Summer – we’ve played well in pre-season.
Twitter campaigns such as these can only be regarded as counter-productive, especially considering the Premier League kicks off in just a day’s time. I, for one, do not think that these Twitter campaigns do any good for the side. It breeds an atmosphere of pessimism and cynicism, and quite frankly I am absolutely fed up of all that.
Pardew needs to be judged on his own merits, and he now finally has a full squad that can make waves in the league. This is the first time in a long while that I have been delighted with the depth of quality in our squad. So, let’s give the man a bloody chance, and take it from there.
With such a heavy outlay invested in the club this Summer, it will be obvious if Pardew does perform below expectations. And hopefully, Ashley would have the sense to do something about it, if that scenario does arise.
Until then, let’s get behind the team.