Pardew Talks Candidly About Fans’ Mistrust Of Mike Ashley


Alan Pardew talked yesterday of being certain that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley would be investing the £35M Andy Carroll transfer fee, back into the club.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle fans don’t trust the owner

And it could be that the statement has caused the fans to talk about the doubts they have about the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who hardly has a sterling record at the Newcastle club over the last 45 months.

Alan Pardew has come out today and said that if he had been a Newcastle fan over the last few years,  he would have mistrust of Mike Ashley too.

This is what Alan said today:

“No matter what I say in terms of reassurance about Mike Ashley’s investment, it will be undermined until we get to the summer,” “It is difficult to argue against some of the things that have happened here in the past. The fan base has doubted the owner and the board.”

“If I was a fan here, would I be jumping up and down about Mike Ashley? No. But he genuinely wants to prove that he can make this a success. He doesn’t want his investment to fail here and get criticized as a result. He wants to be here and win matches.”

“But the proof will be who we bring in. My first job is to keep us as a Premier League side, and we are not definitely safe. Then, we can concentrate on the next agenda and identify the players we want to sign.”

“Mike has committed that the Andy Carroll money will go back into the club and I am 100 per cent sure it will. He would not be paying for my staff and my players to fly all over Europe to scout players if he had no intention of buying them.”

“My test is spending wisely and making sure we don’t make the same mistakes as previous regimes with our buys.”

It’s a little unusual for a manager to come out and say some of the things Alan has said about Ashley, but of course he’s only telling the truth.

As we’ve said many times before, Mike Ashley could help himself big time if he talked to the fans occasionally,  but he refuses to do that,  for whatever reason.

And that’s caused fans to have little idea of what he wants to do with the Newcastle club, and whether he even wants to build a team that can challenge for the top six in the Premier League, and get back into European competition, where the club surely belongs.

This summer will be a litmus test for Mike Ashley, and while many of our readers have pointed out they would be surprised if he spent all the £35M all on players, that’s not really the point – the point is that Newcastle must bring in say six top players this summer.

At the same time the club would need to unload fringe players that would no longer be required like Xisco, Alan Smith, Sol Campbell and James Perch to name but four who may leave in the summer.

Xisco is an excellent example of huge mistakes made in the past by Newcastle bringing in the wrong players, and of course we can hardly blame Kevin Keegan for that, even though he was manager of  Newcastle at the time Xisco arrived – Kevin knew nothing about the deal until it was done and dusted.

Xisco cost Newcastle £5.7M, and is still pulling in about £50K/week at Newcastle, and the Spaniard’s contract still has over two years to run.

Xisco is a good lad, but he is simply not good enough to play for Newcastle – and how about that for a huge mistake in the transfer market, that has cost the club millions.

Mike Ashley put his trust in a certain Dennis Wise at that time, and that was one of the big mistakes Mike has made since he bought Newcastle, but not the only one.

We’ll know by this September whether Mike Ashley has learned anything at all from his almost four years as owner of the Newcastle club.

We have to hope so – for the good of the club.

Comments always welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Mar 29, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    look whether it the money is spent on fees, signing fees or wages that is the money bein reinvested into the club, n am sick of this theory that we hav to goin spending 15m 20m on a single player what n go bk to the days were we were paying over the odds for players who didnt care.
    i dont care if its free signings, championship players, league 1 players or players who only cost a couple of mill all that matters is there better than what weve we got, n b4 ppl say u cant get better buying them players i think u can taarabt, graham, gradel these players wpuld all improve r squad n thats what its about

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 29, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Listened to Pardews interview, he came across very well and sold the club very well.

    I must admit I dont have many bad things to say about Pardew. He made mistakes in the set up against stoke but he admitted that (which alot of mangers wouldnt) and he wont blame players in the public eye which is great. Am sure he had a few words behind closed doors though.

    He has alot of knockers on here but I dont see why, going off what he has done for Newcastle he has been good imo. A lot is made about how he came in but so what? Houghton was put in place cos he was cheap and close….everyone loved his time in charge(including me).

    Pardew has come in done a decent job with what he has avaliable despite being constantly slated….So good luck to him.

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    sorry but i dont believe a thng pardew says.how many times did he say that carroll wouldn,t be sold in the last transfer window. he,s cashley puppet a wooden one with an extending nose

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  • terencelim

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    “Xisco is a good lad, but he IS SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH to play for Newcastle – and how about that for a huge mistake in the transfer market, that has cost the club millions.”

    From his last game I can tell that he has more football brain, technique, pace, hardwork and scoring ability than FOLUWASHOLA AMEOBI.

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  • Doctapaul

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    “Mike has committed that the Andy Carroll money will go back into the club”

    This doesn’t go far enough from someone who has sold off our crown assets: two England internationals – Milner and Carroll.

    He went behind Keegan’s back and despite assurances that Carroll was not for sale – it was all rhetoric.

    I don’t want to even attempt to tell Mr Ashley how to run a club. I want him to tell the truth and keep his promises. If circumstances change then come clean abour.

    Of course the money will go back into the club technically. It’s what we do with that money that we want to understand.

    “Just gimme some truth!” John Lennon

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  • Stuart

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed, you cant say Xisco isnt good enough to play for us. He’s never got a chance!

    Keegan wanted nothing to do with him because he didnt rubber stamp his signing, then he was off back to spain on loan in the fizzy pop season.

    Played a couple of pre-season games and against villa this season(in which he got an assist and looked good).

    I think if it wasnt for the fact he was on stupidly high wages he’d have been given more time.

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  • toonturtle

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #7

    It does not look like Xisco is good enough to play for Deportivo. He has only managed to play 38 minutes of football for them, I have no doubt that he simply can’t cut it.

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  • daneevz

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    theyd have to be quality lower league signings tho davy not like Perch,Routledge,Willo id only taketarrabat,chamberlain,wickham,graham,s.sinclair,a.williams. but we will but some players im sure of it

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  • vanderlee

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    in response to oldbobaycliffe
    it annoys me that people have a go at Pardew for maintaining that Carroll wouldn’t be sold. What should he say “we are open to listening to offers”. Even if he was aware that there was a chance that Carroll could go, he had to maintain the position that he was unsellable and thus we got £35m for the asset. It is yet to be proven, but with that money being reinvested in the right way then, as a manager, he may have made the right decision for NUFC. By the way I am still gutted that Carroll has gone. It will be poingnant tonight watching Carroll and Parker line up for England.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Pardwho dosn’t criticise players in public – what !!!!

    Tell that to krul and Routledge. according to pardwho, if the team does well it’s down to him, if they don’t, which is more often than not (1 win in 10), it’s down to the players.

    Would have liked to see xisco get a decent run.
    taarabt, graham, gradel would be fine by me.

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  • Jarra Mag

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Have I missed something here – “paying for my staff and my players to fly all over Europe to scout players “.
    My players……eh? The injured ones? Are they being asked to get their mates to play for us? All sounds a bit ramshackle to me, all the noises I’ve been hearing up to now is that the scouting is now top notch since the dwarf went back to Snow White / London. It’s a strange comment from the manager.

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  • G-Man

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #12

    He would not be paying for my staff and my players to fly all over Europe to scout players if he had no intention of buying them.” Well i’m sorry Pardew, but we all know which players we need to improve the team & they all cost big money. Gems like Tiote are very rare at that price, just sounds again like an exercise in season ticket sales to me…

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed, I agree entirely with the 4 players you mention going out of the club but to bring in only six means that we’ve increased the playing staff by only two bodies.
    Unfortunately the squad has been shown this season to be wafer thin and two additions is nowhere near enough.
    This summer HAS to be one of wheeling and dealing – using ALL of the £35 mill. we got for Andy plus the money we get in for sales in order to get the squad up to full strength and a decent quality.
    That £20 mill. injection Ashley promised yearly (yes I know, I know) should then pay for wages and improved contracts.
    Will it happen though?
    Answers on a postcard please.

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