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Premier League: The Annoyed Fans

Europa League trio not satisfying their supporters

By | 12th December 2012
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In this third article in the series Premier League: The Happiest Fans, Premiership Talk collaborates with PowerTableSports.com to examine the six teams whose fans are not exactly fuming, but still annoyed with the direction in which their clubs are headed.

Factors determining the six teams whose fans classify as annoyed include the team’s on-field performance (success, entertainment level), off-field performance, value for money (ticket prices, brand value), and organization.

Using the aforementioned factors, it was concluded that Reading, QPR, and Wigan have annoyed their supporters due to being in an ugly relegation battle while Europa League trio Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, and Newcastle United have been disappointing due to not improving on last season’s displays.

As far as the Spurs are concerned, their troubles began in the summer itself when they sacked veteran boss Harry Redknapp and brought in former Chelsea reject Andre Villas-Boas.

AVB’s disastrous eight months in charge of the Blues were still very much fresh in the minds of all Premier League followers, let alone those who live in London.

Nevertheless, the young Portuguese manager eased early season nerves by completing impressive signings such as those of Hugo Lloris, Moussa Dembele, and Clint Dempsey.

Since then, he has guided the team to a massive win over Manchester United at Old Trafford as well as progression to the Europa League knock-out stage.

However, the team’s patchy form and defeats to London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal were troubling setbacks that have left them in fifth place after 16 matches.

Although much of the season is still left for the Spurs to push themselves back into the top four, it must be noted that at this time last year they were flirting with being title contenders under Redknapp.

Infact, it was ultimately deemed a disappointment when Redknapp could guide the team no higher than fourth place last season.

For the Spurs, though, looking to the past isn’t going to solve anything; high ticket prices and lofty ambitions mean that the club is expected to establish its position in the top four as quickly as possible.

Redknapp, on the other hand, must now mastermind some key wins at Queens Park Rangers, who have been the league’s worst team thus far despite large amounts of money spent in the summer.

It is inexplicable how a squad with the likes of Jamie Mackie, Adel Taraabt, Esteban Granero, Julio Cesar, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Junior Hoilett, and Park Ji-Sung is bottom of the table without a single win in the first 16 outings.

The Rangers lie eight points adrift of 17th place Aston Villa and the only reason why their fans aren’t more infuriated with them is the appointment of Redknapp.

Mark Hughes was the man they wanted out and with the management giving them exactly that, there remains hope of revival at Loftus Road.

A team that resembles QPR’s position is Wigan Athletic and accordingly, the supporters at DW Stadium mirror the emotions of their West London counterparts.

Aside from getting firmly behind their manager Roberto Martinez, who turned down bigger clubs to remain in charge of Wigan, the Latics faithful have little to be excited about at the moment.

They are tied on points with Villa but behind on goal difference, which could be resolved if Arouna Kone and Jordi Gomez can live up to their potential of scoring some big goals.

Reading, who lie six points behind Wigan and only two above QPR, have had concerns of their own.

Attendance at the Madejsi Stadium has increased steadily following promotion but a sense of frustration has set in as the team has struggled far more than expected.

With competition tight at the bottom of the table, though, last season’s Championship toppers still retain hopes of surviving another year in the English top flight.

Disappointment has become the middle name of Newcastle United this season, with the Magpies repeatedly struggling to win matches.

The general consensus around the league reaffirms manager Alan Pardew’s words from the end of last season that the team had over-achieved during the 2011-12 campaign.

That over-achievement inherently raised expectations at Tyneside for this season and aside from Demba Ba’s excellent form, there has been no highlight for the Toon Army this season.

Passionate supporters at St. James’ Park have failed to see value for money in recent matches and Monday’s 2-1 loss away to Fulham once again pointed towards a need for some savvy January signings from Pardew.

Last, but not least, Liverpool round up the category of annoyed fans by barely overcoming the category of angry fans.

The Reds have endured a very low winning percentage in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers so far and were eliminated early in their defense of the League Cup.

Furthermore, off-field frustrations such as controversial officiating and Steven Gerrard’s low offensive production have dampened their season too.

On the other hand, Luis Suarez’s terrific form and the emergence of teenage sensation Raheem Sterling has served as a morale-booster, perhaps helping keep Liverpool fans in a better mood than those who support Chelsea, Sunderland, Aston Villa, and Arsenal.

Sunday’s 3-2 win over West Ham – without star striker Suarez – was a welcome boost in a week that also saw them win their Europa League group.

It seems that times may finally be changing at Anfield but a lot still needs to be done if Liverpool are to become the top club in Merseyside and compete with in-form Everton for a top-four finish.

Hence, given the club’s stature and a strong desire to return to Champions League football, it is only reasonable to state that the supporters won’t feel better about their team unless the Reds return closer to the league summit.

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  2. Humza Usman says:

    QPR, Wigan, and Reading will be flirting with disaster for the rest of the season. More likely than not, atleast two of these three teams will be relegated. Newcastle at this point last season were doing great. No ne expected them to do that good but, they do this season. After a 5th place finish last season, they are in the bottom half of the table at the moment. I expect them to stay in the position that they are at right now. Liverpool have been dissappointing fans for many seasons now. With bad performances, signings, and off field problems. Liverpool will struggle for the rest of the season. The Spurs should not be as wrried because they have competition this season and they are still very much in top contention for a champions league spot.

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