Poll reveals increased confidence in Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

The Football Addicts poll has seen a sharp increase in support for Alan Pardew.

The Newcastle manager has seen his team win four consecutive games, having failed to win a single game in the early part of the season, moving the club to just four points off the top four.

Having been under increasing pressure as the season progressed with no results recorded, league victories over Leicester, Tottenham and Liverpool - as well as the League Cup result at Manchester City - has seen Pardew secure his future at St James’ Park for the immediate future. The 53-year-old has been aided by injuries and suspensions, with his first XI all but picking themselves, but he has been rewarded with the faith shown in the young members of the Magpies Academy, with Rolando Aarons, Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi all playing key parts in the impressive run of form.

And whilst a reduced level of discontent at St James’ Park may not show the true opinion of Pardew by the Toon faithful, the Football Addicts fan app - collecting votes from over 150,000 people - has seen 51% of people show support in the coach heading into this weekend’s fixture with West Bromwich Albion.

That figure has seen a sharp increase in recent weeks, with it once dropping as low as 20%, but the majority of fans still show little faith in owner Mike Ashley.

Quoted by the Chronicle, a spokesman for Football Addicts said: “What a difference a few wins make!

“51% of Newcastle fans have confidence in Alan Pardew. To put this into perspective there have been times this season where this number was in the low 20s.

“69% have confidence in their in-form squad, but still only 32% trust chairman Mike Ashley.”

A win for Newcastle at the weekend could see the Toon move as high as sixth place in the Premier League table, further alleviating the pressure on the former Premier League and LMA Manager of the Year.

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