By Stuart Forbes
Steve Bailey, Secretary of Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Club, told a recent fans’ forum Pardew has until 28 December – Charlton vs. Sheffield United – to improve the club’s form.
“The Charlton fans have made their opinions quite clear over the last few games,” Bailey said. “There’s only one person to blame for the club’s current predicament and that’s the manager.”
Charlton fans boo the boss
Bailey told The Platform Pardew must take at least four points from the next two games – against Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers – to hold any hope of keeping his job in 2009.
A spokesperson for Charlton Athletic FC would not confirm reports of the ultimatum: “That’s news to me,” he said. “Alan was asked about his position at an informal fans’ forum. He said he would never walk away from the club but speculated that, if results have not improved by Christmas, the board will take the issue out of his hands. This was conversational speculation-the club’s position is that Alan’s here to stay and that should be beyond any doubt.”
Charlton’s recent form has not been impressive, particularly for a club that was playing Premier League football two seasons ago when Pardew was appointed. The last seven games have seen Charlton take just three points from a potential 21, an unacceptable statistic for most Addicks fans. But among the swelling chorus of boos at the Valley, there are still supporters who feel Pardew and the team deserve stronger support.
Jean Tindell, chair of the Supporter’s Club’s Bromley division, said: “It’s not all Pardew’s fault – the board have to shoulder most of the blame. At worst, Pardew’s a bit naïve, but neither he nor the players should be getting booed week in week out-it’ll only knock their confidence.”