Chief Sports Writer of the Evening Chronicle Lee Ryder took it upon himself to write a follow up article regarding the survey's findings and ran the story some of you may have already seen of 'Alan Pardew backed by 95% of fans Chronicle Poll reveals'. If you need reminding or are yet to see it then if can be found here: Alan-Pardew-backed-by-95%-of-fans-chronicle-poll-reveals
Now as you read on from the highly suggestive headline you will see he goes onto write 'And it has emerged that 95% of fans see Pardew as the man to lead Newcastle to the next level - with a tiny minority seeing the need for a change in management.'
If you were one of the fans who indeed took part in this survey, then you may have read this article opened mouthed, with a slightly puzzled grimace on your brow and an instinctive question burning on your mind of...nobody asked me whether I back Alan Pardew or not! Because as you may recall, whilst you were giving your answers to the various questions in the Big Toon Survey, that particular question was never asked at any stage. I should know...because I was one of them.
Now I for one who filled in this survey with good faith and with the mentality that my voice and opinion about the club will at least be heard on some level, was a little bit shocked and taken back about what this story was saying and suggesting. For a start nobody asked me whether I backed Alan Pardew at any stage during the survey and they certainly didn't ask me whether I thought 'he was the man to lead Newcastle to the next level'
The only question I or any of us were asked about Alan Pardew was 'if I was happy with him'. There were 5 options to choose from for this being a) very happy b) content c) content but wanting results to change d) unhappy or e) time for a change. I then gave my answer like the rest of you. Under no circumstances was I under the impression that my answer would be taken in any other way then to show if I was 'happy with Alan Pardew'. That's it. That was the question and I gave my answer.