Newcastle boss Alan Pardew fears backlash from Arsenal – and angry fans

FEAR ... Alan Pardew.
FEAR ... Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew fears a backlash from Arsenal – and the club’s fans.

Pardew takes his Newcastle United team to the Emirates Stadium tomorrow.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was verbally abused by a small group of supporters last weekend as he and his players boarded a train to London after the club’s 3-2 defeat to Stoke City.

Wenger has been the subject of increasingly vocal protests after a faltering start to the Premier League campaign.

There were loud calls for Pardew to be sacked earlier in the season, but his team has since climbed the table, and his side are now level on points with sixth-placed Arsenal.

And Pardew, the second-longest serving top-flight manager behind Wenger, sympathises with his counterpart, who he says has done a “magnificent” job at the club.

“The incident at the train station was totally disrespectful,” he said.

“I think 99 per cent of Arsenal fans would have been ashamed of that, and we could get the backlash of it.

“They will want to show him how much they love him.

“But Arsene knows that instant results are massive, even for someone who has been in the position as long as he has.

“That stadium should be named after him. The job he did in that move across, when they had all that debt and he had to be very careful with the transfer budget, it was a miracle that he kept them in the Champions League.

“I think everyone at Arsenal knows that he’s done a magnificent job.

“But all of us managers are on a six-game, seven-game period with the media and social media, we have to accept that.”

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