Mike Ashley made one of those fleeting visits to the Benton training ground yesterday, and had lunch with the players and the coaches and the manager Alan Pardew and was smiling a lot, and even waving at the camera.
Alan Pardew – met with Mike Ashley today
Mike Ashley’s message to the players was to stick together, as they did in the last few games of the season, when the results went against us, and the team was not playing well.
But it seems that Mike Ashley must have let Alan Pardew know that he was in no danger of being fired, and this is what the manager had to say in the Daily Mirror today:
“There is no uncertainty in my mind. I expect to be manager. We know it hasn’t been the greatest of seasons but we’ve given 100%”
“Mike came in today. He did the same last season when we did well. We had lunch together and it was nice to see him. He thanked each player for their efforts this season.”
“We know it hasn’t been the greatest of seasons but we’ve given 100%. We have to have a better season next time and pull together to do that.”
“Like all clubs we will have a meeting to discuss plans for the year, pre season, recruitment and mistakes made this year.”
Alan Pardew took Newcastle to our highest position last season since Bobby Robson was at the club in 2004, and he then became the first Newcastle United manager ever to win the Premier League Manager of the Year and the LMA Manager of the Year.
And if we can win on Sunday against Arsenal, we could finish very close to 10th place in the league, but in any case we expect Alan to lead the side to a top six position next season.
We’re confident about the future of Newcastle.
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