Pardew has revealed that he thinks the way to keep Newcastle going forward and make continued progress is to keep owner Mike Ashley fired up and involved.
Alan Pardew – wants to keep Ashley involved
That’s so Mike Ashley remains on board and inspired enough to keep taking Newcastle forward.
And then maybe the side can challenge for the top four in the Premier League, and of course there is no chance of that for a few seasons yet, but surely that’s the longer term aim.
But Pardew thinks it’s good that at least Mike Ashley has again committed to Newcastle, after wanting to sell the club a couple of times both before relegation and immediately following relegation.
This is what Alan said today:
“I think there has been a change in emphasis at the club.” “We have gone from the owner wanting to sell the club to ‘OK, there’s a change of emphasis’.”
“He wants to keep the club and make it as competitive as it can be in the financial bracket we’re in.” “The only way we can get Mike to attack that upper echelon of clubs is to make him see there has been progression.”
“To make him see that it can work.” “Then maybe then he might have the flavor to attack the top five or six – that is what I want to get, but let’s be realistic, it won’t happen in one years time or even two years time.”
“Maybe in that third year of my contract if everything works out and I’m lucky enough to still be the manager of this club – then hopefully it will take place.”
“We’ve stoked his fire at times, but then it goes out. You have to re-stoke!” “He’s had so many disappointments since he’s been here.”
“It’s very dangerous if I have too many times when the fire goes out.” “Even when I’ve been here, there’s been one or two occasions where I’ve felt it’s hurt him to a degree.”
“And when you haven’t got a board you might not have 14 opinions.”
News today that Mike Ashley wasn’t too happy after Newcastle last Sunday inexplicably gave away 2 points to WBA, after being 3-0 up at home after 60 minutes, but conceded three goals in the last 30 minutes of the whole season.
And we”ll all have some idea of what the future looks like at Newcastle come September.
But it does look like fan favorites Barton and Enrique at least, will not be at the club by then, and that’s not good news that we’ll lose two proven top class players at Newcastle.