Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Will Protest against Pardew Because What Else Can We Do? with a Major Demo Planned for the Toon's Match with Hull, We Look at How Much Support These Groups Receive

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Will Protest against Pardew Because What Else Can We Do? with a Major Demo Planned for the Toon's Match with Hull, We Look at How Much Support These Groups Receive

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Byline: NEIL CAMERON

Newcastle United fans behind SACKPardew.

com hope Saturday's protest is peaceful and makes a point, but will it backing? NEIL CAMERON asks is this Newcastle United protest vindictive or indicative of the times we live in? WE are creeping into autumn so that must mean it is time for a Newcastle United fan to organise a protest.

Last September, plans for a march which would take place before the Liverpool game on October 19 were revealed. I was there on that rather dark and dismal day. I guessed at the time about 800 people were there from start to finish. Some drifted out. Others drifted in.

Organisers, with the backing of the police it must be said, claimed there were more, saying up to 1200 protesting.

Whatever the numbers were, they made their point and nothing changed.

Actually, that is not quite true. The team went on a superb run, a derby defeat aside and, as always with football, victories do at least paper over the cracks.

A year on and things have changed - for the worse.

Newcastle are bottom of the Premier League.

Not enough players were bought in the summer and disenchantment is the word of the day. So it is time to bring out the banners once again - but is this vindictive or indicative of our times? I have no reason to believe or disbelieve the people behind SackPardew.com, a website and now seemingly a movement which emerged from nowhere to be behind one of the most personal protests against a football manager I have ever known.

This is what was posted on their website a few weeks ago.

"We call upon Mike Ashley to remove Pardew from his post and to appoint a candidate based on merit, in an open and transparent manner, as soon as possible.

"We will use all methods at our disposal to see this come to pass."

Taking 200 banners into St James' Park plus thousands of display cards to be held up would be more effective than a march, singing some songs or walking out early, which is what happened in the final home match of last season against Cardiff City.

This is if it happens on the scale being spoken about.

Many fans, even those who want a change of manager, would not welcome such behaviour during a game.

We are not backing this. We did not back the protest march last year. We are merely reporting on it.

My colleague Mark Douglas asked Newcastle United supporters on social media recently what they thought of the website, which is nothing else has earned itself a lot of attention.

Around 75 per cent felt it a good thing. The rest said that it was "either pointless or counter-productive."

My guess would be while feelings are running high, those who would feel negative towards such a huge protest - and we have been struggling to think of one of a similar nature - would be in greater numbers. …

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