Pardew in ‘use of sarcasm’ shocker
Football and that bizarre notion called having a sense of humour were at odds this weekend, as a throwaway comment made by the Newcastle United manager has enraged Spurs fans.
May 13th, 2013
After the Magpies held on to record a 2-1 win at Loftus Road and secure their Premier League status on Saturday – despite losing goalkeeper Rob Elliot to two yellow cards – Alan Pardew made what is commonly known in the industry as “a joke” and has since come under fire from Tottenham fans who are not taking their opposition for a Champions League spot lightly.
You see, with the pressure of Premier League survival immediately lifted with a win against a team already relegated, Alan Pardew sardonically expressed a lack of concern for the Toon’s next fixture at home against Arsenal.
“I don’t really care if Arsenal win 4-0, if I’m honest. I’m sure Spurs will, but I only care that our fans enjoy themselves,” he said with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
With Spurs piling on the pressure to beat the Gunners to the final Champions League spot, their fans expressed dismay that Pardew – a footballing professional for many years – would be not only okay with, but downright numb about, a Newcastle loss at home against an Arsenal side who is keen to secure top-tier European football next season.
Pardew was forced to comment on his comments today after more than enough rage was spewed at him on various fansites and social networks.
“I know people will have picked up on my comments about not caring about the result against Arsenal, which were, of course, a joke,” he explained, probably slowly. “It is definitely not the case that I would be happy for us to lose 4-0 against Arsenal on Sunday. I simply want our players and fans to be able to enjoy the game without looking over their shoulders… This is a game everyone at this football club wants to win.”
Let that be a lesson to anyone who takes their game a little TOO seriously next time.