Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Blog; THIS Week, Alex Ferguson, Not THAT One, a Disillusioned Mag and Soon to Be Ex-Season Ticket Holder Wants a Change of Manager

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Blog; THIS Week, Alex Ferguson, Not THAT One, a Disillusioned Mag and Soon to Be Ex-Season Ticket Holder Wants a Change of Manager

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I LIVE in Aberdeen so despite having a season ticket I've only managed a handful of matches this season.

Partly because of finance and other commitments, but mostly because I simply don't enjoy watching the team play anymore. In the last two seasons, Alan Pardew has turned from Premier League Manager of the Year into a one-dimensional, tactically clueless proponent of negative hoof-ball.

It's not just the woeful results, but the manner of them and also the teams we've lost to.

The Mackems have won three derbies in a row for the first time since God only knows when and our shambolic cup record speaks for itself. We've also surrendered without anything close to resembling a fight at Man City, West Brom, Swansea and Southampton as well as at home to Everton, Spurs and now the worst Manchester United team in decades.

Every time we lose by three or more (which is quite often), Pardew bleats: "We wasn't good enough, it won't happen again". Yet it does and it will, until he is replaced.

Pardew has managed to turn good, international players into clueless cloggers. Hatem Ben Arfa, one of the most technically gifted players of his generation, has been turned into a scapegoat for Pardew to use as one of his many excuses when we lose.

Don't get me wrong, Ben Arfa isn't the messiah some make him out to be and he does have his faults, but another manager could surely get him playing like he did in 2011/12 again.

Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko genuinely looked like worldclass players when they came in except both were soon played out of position by Pardew and look at them now.

Obviously Mike Ashley has to shoulder a large portion of any blame as to the club's lack of ambition but those three players were brought in under Ashley, only for their values to increase markedly before Pardew got his grubby hands on them. …

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