Pardew – Success Means Keeping Ashley Fired Up

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.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Nufc_mo

    May 29, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #1


  • Nufc_mo

    May 29, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    “He’s had so many disappointments since he’s been here.”

    Likewise, we have had so many disappointing moments since he has been here…

  • Brutooon

    May 29, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    what dissapointments? Mike Ashley create that disappointments

  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 29, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s good to see that Ashley is on board, he obviously shows his trust in Pardew, and that’s what is needed at any football club; trust. I think that we can now trust the manager, and trust the board to make the best decisions to move this club forward, which is what all parties want. Yes, with Ashley there have been a few dubious decisions with which the fans haven’t agreed on, but that’s business. There is going to be some disputes.
    Finally a transfer window we can look forward to…


    May 29, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah trust!!! One day pardew saying he wants to sign Barton next he’s not even given a contract !!!!pardew is being totally undermined!!!!


    May 29, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    I am finding it difficult to see any positives in Pardew’s statement.

    He sounds like a defeated man to me…even questioning whether he will still be in a job? What an odd statement this is?!

    What an earth is he rambling on about with fires needing stoked and them going out? As a fan my fire burns everyday and it never goes out, regardless of disappointment. It simply can’t because NUFC is in my DNA, my make up, it’s a massive part of my life. Unfortunately it is obvious that the club does not mean as much to the owner!

  • GeordieDan

    May 29, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley has been the creator of all those “disappointments”

    Maybe if he’d pulled his fat hands out of his shallow pockets to show he gave a sh*t every now and again then we could appreciate a nonsense comment like that.

    If you haven’t got FIRE in your belly about the club that you OWN then pardon me for saying it but what the Fu*k are you doing owning a club in the 1st place!!!!!!!????!!!!

    Just piss of and let us enjoy it without you you complete and utter bastard!

    Amazing, incredible we’ve ended up with such a pathetic excuse for a snivelling prick for an owner as him!


    May 29, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    GeordieDan…that’s what I was trying to say mate, but you put it much better!!!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #9

    PARDEW is nothing bt a yes man for ashley nothing bt a looser get a life PARDEW

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    May 29, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #10

    just as i thought we have a fat unmotivated owner who doesn’t give a toss, pardew is sounding desperate to get him interested in the club he ownes, but Mike Ashley makes all the decisions and gets them wrong, if it was pardew calling the shots he would have signed Barton and Enrique to long term contracts without a seconds though.

    Nothing Has Changed, Mike Ashley Is Still Destroying NUFC

  • ToonThomas

    May 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Haha, the only reason Mike Ashley is starting to get excited is because he has realised good players like Andy Carroll with a “NEW” 5 year contract can be sold for a a lot of money. Yes maybe just maybe Mike Ashley will invest all of the money back into the club through players or new contracts,, but not without some kind of catch to it, I believe he will say ok here’s the £35million, spend it as soon as possible to get the fans believing we are here to spend, then make it look like we are doing our absolute best to avoid selling the like of Jose Enrique just like he did with Andy Carroll but just sell them. Alan Pardew I still don’t know if he is there just to be Mike Ashley’s right hand man or he’s actually there cos he wants to make a difference, we will see, I’m not excited

  • dave 1961

    May 29, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardew seems to have missed out the part he played in that loss of those 3 goals, And it was Ashley who appointed Pardew so it was Ashley’s fault. i did not play any part in the appointment of Pardew so I was angry and annoyed, lets hope we don’t do it again next season.

  • leazes upper

    May 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Well said geordie Dan couldnt agree more

  • MacToon

    May 29, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Someone set fire to him pleaseeeeeeee

  • stephen1971

    May 29, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #15

    MA on board ? lol what a lot of bollocks , pardew is just a puppet for ma , he,s obviously got no say in who comes in and who goes , he just picks the team, you seen what happened to our last managers that had a bit backbone with ma (hughton, keegan)

  • SydToon

    May 29, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Pardews subs against west brom have to be questioned.

    Number one issue is i feel he should have had the foresight and named tiote on the bench instead of say um kuqi.

    Then instead of subbing on Kazenga Lua Lua for Shane Ferguson he could of subbed Tav and pushed Enrique into LM, then when he subbed guthrie he could of risked tiote getting a yellow for the last 15 minutes of regulation time to see us through to victory and even if he recieved a yellow he would have really improved our chances of holding out for a victory and and with the extra 2.5 mill in prizemoney he could heave bought a CM to cover for those first 3 games next season, the workers would have recieved their 500k bonus and we would have finished 9th and saving the best for last we would have finished on top of 5under1and.

  • GeordieDan

    May 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #17


    Cheers mate.

    Like you I just can’t see the idiots logic behind why he owns our club. He has zero pride or passion like we do and seems to literally just be doing what he can to make the rest of us as miserable as possible while he’s here.

    Almost like he will deliberately do something just to see what what reaction he’ll get.

    Nothing would make me happier than to see him sell up and find out a year later he was bankrupt.

  • Nappa

    May 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #18

    The supporters seem to think Pardew knows what he is doing all he’s about is being Ashleys PR man as long as we can avoid relegation the boards happy anything else is a bonus ie a cup run. Pardews managerial past shows he’s third rate a club the size of Newcastle needs a charismatic manager like keegan or sir bobby someone we can believe in Pardews just another Big sam or souness who havent the nous to take the club onto the next level it takes a special type of manager to achieve this not a yes man like Mr pardew.

  • ArtyH

    May 29, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Just my humble opinion but as long as M.A is in charge of our club no matter who is the manager they are going to have to da as they are told or they will have to walk like Keegan did.
    M.A is the owner at this time and we have to live with that and the way he plays football manager with our club is no worse than it was under FFS, at least we have little chance of going into administration this way. Lets not forget all the crap deals FFS did and we just put up with it and hope the big hasbeen signings would get the club out of trouble. Now we are on an even keel financially and I for one an glad the big has been signings are a thing of the past. We were the laughing stock of football… Boomsong Luque et all anyone remember them. Also I do not like the idea of being held to ransom over a contract either. £35m for an accident waiting to happen in Carrol was to me good business at the time the proof of the pudding will be just what will be done with the money. Lets face it Jose was always going to go anyway so really all the fuss is about Barton. I would prefer him to stay but if we got a replacement in for less wages and was faster and younger and more skillful then its O.K with me, lets not forget that is the nature of the game and as long as there are agents in the game there will always be this kind of activity, the cat and mouse game. I remember SBR saying agents were a curse to the game and he preferred to go and talk to the player and do business the same way…….yes a long time ago and sadly that time is long gone….shame really.

  • ArtyH

    May 29, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #20
  • oneday

    May 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Every time Pardew opens his mouth he makes something worse than it was or contradicts what has been said before.

    Do me a favour Mr. Manager – get the money out of Ashley as you said it was your job to do, and just get on with it. Save the gibberish for your dinner guests, The fans and Ashley will judge you later.

  • tomnewcastle

    May 30, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Pardew don’t lie to yourself and the fans Mike is just ruining Newcastle. Sure he put money into the club but he has no idea how to spend money or what a good manager looks like… Hughton.


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