Under-fire Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he no longer has the trust of the club’s supporters, reports The
A recent poll conducted by a local newspaper delivered the shock result that 85% of Newcastle fans want Pardew to be dismissed, and he accepted that the fans’ opinion could not be ignored.
“Of course it’s important for the fans to respect and honour what you’re doing and I think maybe some of that trust was lost at the back end of last season,” said Pardew. “There could be a number of arguments why you would consider that to be my fault, and I would have to accept those if that was the opinion of the fans.”
An unsatisfactory summer in the transfer market was compounded by the Hatem Ben Arfa being sent to Hull City on a season-long loan with no likely replacements in sight. But Pardew defended the decision, insisting that the players at his disposal have what it takes to be successful.
“I think the players we have here have a love and a passion for the club, the shirt and for the fans,” he said. “They want to win for them, and that’s very important in the modern game. I don’t know [if Ben Arfa had a love and passion for the club]. I’m only talking about the players who are still here and they do. Was it a risk letting him go? Not in my opinion.”
Pardew took over in the Magpies’ hot seat in 2010, after spells in charge of Reading, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic and Southampton. But he has so far failed to end Newcastle’s almost mythical trophy drought. The club were last crowned English champions in 1927, with their latest FA Cup win coming in 1955.
“Sometimes, when you’re at a club for a long time, and I’m the second longest serving manager in the Premier League now, it becomes a little more difficult, especially at a club of this size,” said Pardew. “People ask, ‘why haven’t you won a trophy,’ but we haven’t won a trophy at this club since [the Inter-cities Fairs Cup in] 1969.”
And Pardew knows that nothing other than on-field success will appease the irate supporters. “You can only really enhance that relationship [with the fans] by winning games, and we need to win some, simple as that,” Pardew acknowledged.
Newcastle currently lie 16th in the Premier League with two draws and a defeat from their opening three matches. The narrow 1-0 Capital One Cup victory over third-tier Gillingham offered Pardew little respite.
His problems have been compounded by a host of injuries ahead of the trip to his former club Southampton this weekend, with Rolando Aarons, Facundo Ferreyra and Cheick Tiot