Poll: staggering 84.4% of Newcastle United fans want Alan Pardew out

Alan Pardew

Only 15.6% of Newcastle fans want the current boss to stay in charge - from a sample of around 5,000.

According to a poll conducted by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, a staggering 84.4 per cent of Newcastle United supporters want Alan Pardew to be replaced.

The Newcastle-based newspaper conducted a survey which 5,078 fans responded to - and only 15.6% of them backed Pardew to stay in the job.

There is seemingly good news for the Magpies boss, however, in that his approval ratings have gone up by 0.6% since April. He would be clinging to straws to smile at that, though.

But will fans take much solace in the fact that their opinion is shared by so many?

Pardew has long been unpopular among the Newcastle faithful but, surprise, surprise, he is still in a job at St James' Park.

Recent reports suggest his position could be in doubt, with Tony Pulis, David Moyes and Steve Bruce the early favourites with bookmakers to replace the 53-year-old should he leave Tyneside.

Pardew has survived worse in the past, however, and we are, after all, only three games into the Premier League season.

But Newcastle fans stand United, it seems. The majority are fans of the club but not the manager (nor owner Mike Ashley, whose popularity ranked roughly 5% higher than Pardew's).

No amount of transfers has changed that, especially considering the fact that the Magpies' nine signings this summer were countered with nine sales.

Only results will improve Pardew's standing, it appears. Should he go, though, the St James' Park faithful may only shrug indifferently.

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