Success Is What Drives Mike Ashley – Top 10 Finish Is Target

Alan Pardew has opened the lid, just  a little bit, on his relationship with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley – wants top 10 finish this season

The manager has admitted that the Newcastle Board have made mistakes in the past, and they know it too, but Alan, being the positive person he is, just wants to push ahead and build a good side for the Newcastle fans.

There is an ESPN interview for the Newcastle v Arsenal game tonight that Alan has given, which will be worth watching, and this is some of what Alan says about the Newcastle owner:

“I didn’t really have a relationship with them when I first came, it was reported that I had, but I hadn’t.” “It’s the same as anything, you learn the slight differences in people the more you get to know them.”

“One thing I’ve learnt about Mike is that success drives him. If you look at his companies, that’s what he wants.” “And he does it in a way that sometimes can be brutal and harsh, but my job is to manage that, sometimes when he goes in that mode.”

“He wants to be a top 10 team, and he wants that this year.” “I say to him what I think I need and he’ll argue that, but ultimately he wants to bring success to Newcastle like he has with Sports Direct.”

Hopefully we can do that, but we’re not going to do that by paying over the odds and trying to compete with the likes of Man City. “

“This is a unique club, its got history about it.” “We have owners here who have made mistakes, and therefore you can always be critical about the club, but what you can’t be critical of is the passion that’s here, that will always endure.”

“It will endure through the players and will endure today.”  “The passion in the terraces will go onto the pitch, and you’ll never beat that.”

Newcastle fans don’t want the club to pay over the odds like we have done in the past, and indeed some of the recent acquisitions we get in the transfer windows have been good.

When you consider Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba and young Mehdi Abeid came in for a combined fee of around £9M, that cannot be bad.

But there are times when the club will have to pay say a £10M fee to get a really good player, and we’d like to see more of that.

It could have been that Newcastle were willing to pay close to that for Gameiro or Erdinc, but they couldn’t get the players to come to Tyneside.

But even though this summer has been one of upset at Newcastle,  if the club can now get in Erik Pieters to replace Enrique, and a good second striker, and if Joey Barton moves on, then bring in somebody to replace him, then this transfer window will have been good, even though the club haven’t spent much money.

So things could be an awful lot worse than they are, and that’s the truth, and by the way a win today (and even a draw) and I’ll get out that Merlot, and there could even be more spelling mistakes than usual in the reports!

Howay The Lads!!

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