Football is a results based business and our form since Christmas has seen us take only 18 points out of a possible 69. These facts alone tell their own story of why many fans are discontented. Everyone wants to see the team do well both on and off the pitch, as at the end of the day we are all supporters. The problem however seems to manifest itself in a complete breakdown in trust between the club, the local and national media and some supporters. Siege mentalities on both sides of a conflict situation benefit no one.
Alan Pardew has become the target not only because of what is happening on the pitch results wise but because Mike Ashley has made him the public voice of the club. The responsibility for everything that occurs at Newcastle United rests solely with Mike Ashley. He needs to understand what the club means to supporters and work with them. Continuing to act as a recluse; refusing to discuss or explain his plans for the club and how it is impacted by his controlling ownership of Sports Direct is not an option. Until Ashley opens up speaks out or moves on, the relationship between the club and sections of its support will only get worse.