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Mike Ashley In Talks With Alan Pardew

9:51 am, Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

There are reports today that Alan Pardew has been in conversations with both Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley, and we cannot imagine Mike Ashley being too happy at what’s happened in the last couple of weeks.

mike asjley watching game

Mike Ashley – has to be furious with recent results

Bat the best bet seems to be to give Alan Pardew and his coaches John, Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman a shot at the last three games.

But unless there is a dramatic pickup in both form and results, we cannot see the four being around Newcastle for too long after the season finishes.

But it’s probably the best move to keep the current management in place with just three games to go, and Mike didn’t have much luck four years ago when he tried to stave off relegation by appointing Alan Shearer to the management spot – there was just not enough time to save Newcastle in that case.

We need to see leadership from Alan Pardew and the coaches this week – and they need to inspire the players to play somewhere near their top form, because if we take the drop it’s going to be headlines around the world, and we cannot help thinking that’s what a lot of the sports journalists would just love to see.

The manager and players should take on a bunker mentality and come out fighting.

After all we did finish 5th last year, and almost made the Europa Cup semi-final so to get relegated would be big news – and we cannot have that.

There’s a thing called crisis management, where you identify threats to an organization and put in place procedures to overcome them – and we suppose that could be said about Newcastle right now.

But if we put ourselves in Mike Ashley’s position he’s got to be very anxious about things right now, and probably read the riot act to Alan Pardew when they had their discussions this week.

We have been building up a decent side since we got promoted, and relegation would destroy a lot of the good things that have happened.

And there are whispers that it’s been much more difficult to integrate our five new Frenchmen into the club than had been envisaged – but we have to hope Newcastle can get over these worries and concerns and people management – and put in three excellent performances through the end of the season.

If the lads can do that we could be safe – and that would be one enormous relief to Newcastle fans – simply enormous.

But it’s all in the balance at the moment.

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38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I think we should break the bank (relatively speaking) for this player, SC Freiburg are a selling club and i am sure we can get him. Absolute superstar this guy will be

    Matthias Ginter

  • 2 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Other freiburg players we can look at

    Jonathan Schmid
    Max kruse
    Oliver sorg
    Cristian Gunter

  • 3 Transfer Sage // May 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Well talks take place end of season regardless of how well a manager does…building for next year, review of season etc, so wouldn’t read too much into it.

  • 4 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    TS…Agreed. Talks can be expected at this time. It’s more what comes from these talks I’m interested in.

    Indian…I know nothing about any of those players. To be honest, I’m not getting in to transfers yet, far too much still to be done.

  • 5 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM


    You ought to be reading my articles

  • 6 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Indian…I forgot you were writing. Send me a link again, despite our differing perspectives, I did enjoy your articles.

  • 7 ichrisho // May 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Id say conversation went like thus:

    MA: Hey – Pardy.. Get in here… Sqawk Sqawk…
    PAR: Yes Boss… Yes Boss… Im qcoming…
    MA: Not yet Alan… Not yet… Lambo isnt here yet… Keep that seed warm…
    PAR: Yes Boss… Yes Boss…
    MA: Oh Alan… Always your problem… coming too early…

    Nasty :)

  • 8 sirjasontoon // May 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Pop Up Heaven.

  • 9 Transfer Sage // May 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM


    don’t lie…you told me you get his links just to put them in the trash…like a free paper.

  • 10 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    TS…You forgot the bit where I laugh like a manic madman. Muhahaha.

  • 11 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Free paper or not,

    can’t give direct links as our office has blocked that site under social networking.

    as if i network socially

  • 12 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Indian… :) Cheers.

  • 13 geordiemark // May 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    pardews p45 is all am interested in well apart from the west ham,qpr,arsenal games

    after that we will know where we all will stand there will be heads to roll

  • 14 ichrisho // May 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Did anyone see the Real Sociaedad goal vs Valencia… holy crap… what a goal…

  • 15 martoon // May 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    I try to be optimistic but being realistic it is difficult to see where we are going to pick up any more points this season.
    West Ham – There are 3 ex-employees who will want to stick it to Ashley and I just can’t see us standing up to their battering with our current defensive frailties.
    QPR – It is well documented that once a team is relegated they play much better once the pressure has been lifted so I can see us struggling there also.
    Arsenal – they will be going for CL qualification and to be blunt are a much better team than us.

  • 16 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    TS you may enjoy this one

  • 17 ichrisho // May 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    @indian – Blocked in here too. Malware on the site. :(

  • 18 ToonDarnSarf // May 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Reckon Mourinho might fancy a proper challenge to carry on his former mentor’s work?

  • 19 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    TDS…In a word, no. Love the idea, but it’s never going to happen

  • 20 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Also wrote this concerning NUFC

    Don’t know why now

  • 21 geordiemark // May 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I think with all the player unrest I do honestly feel the time is to sack pardew and do it now, ask peter beardsley to take temp charge of team affairs

    pardew can only blame himself for all this mess were in, getting players to play in postions they dont like playing is bound to upset players, his stupid football tactics are rubbish to say least, hes got good players there who should be played in there proper roles and formation to get the best out of the team but some how pardew doesnt have this in his pea brain tactics football manager he should go, hes done the same at southampton,west ham,charlton and he was a shit player for crystal palace

  • 22 STB // May 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    It would probably be a first for a club to finish 5th, get to the qf of Europa and manage to get relegated. A bit like qualifying in CL after losing 1st 3 matches…only the Toon can put anyone through such ups and downs.
    Main problem is that away at WHU with fat sam style football and big Andy is not the place to go when you need points.
    Qpr players will now be playing to put themselves in the shop window and as most of their motivation is pure personal gain, it will be the first time well see them trying to put on a good show all season.
    Nightmare scenario is that we get to 38 points and Wigan and villa only need a draw on the last day and expect arsenal to secure CL at SJP. This is the toon, after all…
    Lets hope they prove me wrong.

  • 23 ToonDarnSarf // May 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Ibiza, sadly I think you’re probably right. I’m just thinking back to when I played Championship Manager…much more satisfaction winning things with a lower league club…I wonder if his ego might be piqued for a similar real life challenge

  • 24 ToonDarnSarf // May 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    STB, I’m pretty sure Everton nearly did just that. Survived in 17th and I’d take that now! They finished high up the following season too it should be pointed out…with the same manager…

  • 25 geordiemark // May 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    end of the day mr ashley want to do you want to do stick with pardew pea brain or give him the p45 and get someone in like peter beardsley for now who might just save us from relegation the ball is in your court mr ashley ohh and theres also 70,000,000 quid involved here :)

  • 26 wynsleap // May 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    If what you’re saying is true Ed could that be the end of our French recruitment drive?
    Personally I’d rather see solid professional Germans and artistic Spaniards coming in.
    Whatever happens at the end of the season I can’t see Pardew or his coaching team being around to work with our new input.
    As for the Benitez rumours – bring it on! Let’s spend serious money on a top manager instead of players for once.

  • 27 geordiemark // May 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM


    I agree but id like more english players in the team

  • 28 thai-mag // May 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I’m off up to my ladies village up north Thailand for a couple of weeks, no signal on my mobile, no internet, no UK sports channels or news, no other english speaking people, so I wont see the next 2 games, last time I went I didn’t find out the results till I got back to my town. I don’t think I want to know because I firmly believe they will be as bad as it can get.

  • 29 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    TDS…It’s a lovely thought. Many are struggling to see us even staying in the league let alone Jose turning up anytime soon :)

  • 30 pbandj // May 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I don’t quite follow the logic, because shearer a man without any managerial experience couldnt keep us up nobody can??? All we need is a moral boost for either the west ham game or qpr and we should make it, a moral boost in the form of a sacking of Pardew. The man has totally lost the plot.. Can’t blame the french players when they are all told to play in a deffensive 4-5-1 formation. I would be willing to bet that if we would be lucky enough to go 1-0 up at either west ham or qpr we will see defensive pardew put 11 men behind the ball. And we all know nufc defense record… Pardew is a waste of space regardless if we stay up or not..

  • 31 wynsleap // May 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    geordiemark @ 27 – that would be ideal.
    Unfortunately English players (for some reason) in general are not as technically gifted as those form other countries and, more importantly, those that are, are valued at prices way way above their ability.

  • 32 ToonDarnSarf // May 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Ibiza, if Jose wants to be loved, can you think of a better club for him? If he went back to Chelsea, it would be hard to replicate his previous success.

  • 33 blew // May 1, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    It is about opinion and I totally agree with you @ 21
    It was obvious to all against Liverpool that morale is at an all time low. The cause should be removed forthwith and a temporary manager appointed from within, not either of the 1st team coaches

  • 34 toonluvva // May 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    I’m hoping that on May 20th Ashley summons Llambias and sacks him and does the same to Pardew.

    This is irrespective of whether we survive or not.

    Clear the decks, bring in a fresh capable management team, then start to identify and buy decent solid players for next season.

    We don’t want to hum and haw over the summer about who is staying at the top level, it should be quick and decisive. The longer the new management have to assess the situation, the better it will be for the club, and therefore for Ashley.

  • 35 microbar // May 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Sticking with pardew bad move down we go again.

  • 36 true toon // May 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    i Rather we be relegated than have AP next season

  • 37 BennygivesmeTinglyBalls // May 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    If we survive we have to go dipping in the german market. Must be some bargains there inc Manager and staff. Wanna see us play clinical hard working football like them. Need to move along with the times and that

  • 38 Williamsonsuks // May 2, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    P45 springs to mind.

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