Pardew describes campaign for him to be sacked as “mass hysteria”.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has seemingly taken another step on the road to making his position at St. James’ Park untenable, report the Mail, after describing the fans’ campaign to have him removed from his position as “mass hysteria” that is harming the team’s performances.
Pardew’s position as manager at St. James’ Park has come under increased scrutiny during the opening weeks of this season, with his side still winless in the Premier League and having put in a disgraceful performance at the weekend in defeat at Southampton, with Pardew’s side losing 4-0 after assistant John Carver got into a slanging match with a supporter who had brought along an anti-Pardew banner.
Things are set to be ramped up another notch this weekend when Hull City visit St. James’ Park, with the majority within the ground set to be demanding that Pardew faces the axe – although chairman Mike Ashley has thus far not showed a willingness to act.
Pardew, however, believes that the fans are harming the team with their negativity and has slammed their actions ahead of the Hull match:
“This situation at the moment is almost like mass hysteria, to a degree.”
“It’s really gone to a level which makes it really difficult for players to perform in. The environment for the players will probably be as tough as it’s ever been and we have to accept that. I am hoping we can turn that around. I don’t expect the start to be easy.”
His hopes for an easy ride this weekend are unlikely to materialise, however, with a further development in the campaign for Pardew to be sacked having been the production of thousands of leaflets by a website demanding his removal.