Constructive Discussions Held – Ashley Backs Alan Pardew


Mike Ashley, Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley met in London yesterday to go over what the heck happened last season, when Newcastle found themselves fighting relegation and finally finished up 5th bottom of the Premier League, and that was after we were 5th top in the previous season.

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Derek LLmabias – constructive meeting

Derek LLambias has talked about the meeting yesterday, and has said on the Newcastle web-site – that  it’s time for Newcastle to work as a team and move ahead for next season.

This is what he had to say today:

“Everyone connected with the club was disappointed to finish where we did last season, particularly on the back of such a fantastic year prior to that.”

“Our discussions on Wednesday were very constructive and we pinpointed a number of factors that contributed to a season which fell below expectations.”

“We are now looking forward and are entirely focussed on the forthcoming campaign, with the expectation of at least a top-ten finish in the Premier League.”

“There has been a great deal of speculation in recent weeks but our desire, as we announced back in September, is to bring long-term stability to this club.”

“It’s up to us all now to work closely as a team to ensure next season sees us competing in the top half of the table again.”

“We would all like to thank the fans for their continued support and assure them we remain committed to providing affordable football at St. James’ Park.”

Llambias is not giving much away about what happened yesterday at the meeting,  or what the conclusions and follow-on plans are.

It’s a pity we didn’t know more about the results of yesterday’s meeting.

But Mike Ashley has backed Alan Pardew as the manager for next season – like it or hate it – and we are going to  support him and the players too – and hope we can challenge for a top six place next season.

We think there’s a decent chance we can make the top six next season,  if we bring in two or three top players over the summer, and keep the top players we already have at Newcastle.

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206 comments so far

  • 89Norcal

    May 23, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #1

    He left out the bit about his epiphany that circles are not the same as ovals.

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  • 89Norcal

    May 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #2

    the hell? just saw “affordable football”

    who the hell says that?

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  • Ben3arfa

    May 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #3

    A bunch of pathetic losers running a once great football club .

    Sad really

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  • 89Norcal

    May 23, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Where’s Jail 4 Ashley? Could be having a field day with this one

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  • southerngeordie

    May 23, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Christ alive. What better message to send out to the footballing community than we aiming for 10th. Quick Ashley, might want to think about rerouting the phone system to Indian due to the stampede of phone calls we can expect as players beat down to achieve the elusive dream of mediocrity! Jesus wept. I’m normally quite balanced but this latest news is proving to be one long ball too far.

    Derek Llambias is about as charismatic as angelos epithemiou, with less footballing knowledge.

    The big concern now is when all goes to t1ts who’s actually going to ride into the rescue. Oh, is that JFK back in circuit training?

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  • SuperShearer

    May 23, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #6

    While I can make my peace with giving Pardew another shot, what I don’t understand is telling the world we’re aiming for top ten finish. Hardly sells the club to potential signings wanting to come and test themselves for a high placed team.

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  • WWYCD

    May 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Top 10 minimum not top 10 target

    Time to look into coaches and players rather than fantasy managers

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  • DokToon

    May 23, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #8

    so, if we make top 6-8 with pards, do we go to church and start praying that the end is near? itd be a effin miracle…

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  • archaeomag

    May 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #9

    @89
    “… providing affordable football at St. James’ Park.”
    . . .guess that about nails it !

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  • scout

    May 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #10

    No mention of signing anyone decent, affordable football? Yes compared to the top 4 clubs, why can’t it be a tenner like Germany absolute fools who reckon the premiership is the best in the world.
    These players aren’t playing for the manager, I don’t care what anyone says they’re badly coached, lack confidence and don’t look fit to me.
    How a bloke can even show his face after that Liverpool game is sick, that was pathetic, it felt like a 6 hour match

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  • archaeomag

    May 23, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #11

    So who be the first to post as “Ashley’s affordable football ” ?

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  • Ben3arfa

    May 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Affordable football by a team sponsored by the company that offers “unaffordable loans” .

    Llambias is at it again

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  • Toon Tang

    May 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #13

    anyone got the minutes from this meeting?

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  • Ian Toon

    May 23, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #14

    SuperShearer- What were we telling the football world in advance of us finishing fifth? Talk is public and private. If we don’t do a hell of a lot bette then Pardew will be out before the January window.

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  • ochytoon

    May 23, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Ian Toon
    Fair enough but the fact remains that he was a first team regular before Pardew. He might praise Pardew for helping him develop but to be quite honest, the records really don’t show that such praise is deserved. If anything, Nigel Adkins should receive equal if not greater praise as Lallana developed into a much finer footballer under him.
    With regards to his poor man management skills, it is widely believed around Southampton that the real reason Pardew was sacked was because he slept with the captains wife. Hows that for keeping up morale.

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  • DokToon

    May 23, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #16

    toon, it took a minute to post that drivel…. cant be much longer to say the same bs…

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 23, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Would anyone else have Vermaalen from Arsenal ? . Belgian international, good on the ball and can score goals. Worth a punt IMO.

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  • Albert's Secret Love Child (Formerly Krul To Be Kind)

    May 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Well he is here to stay unfortunately but he has to be definitely drinking in the last chance saloon.

    The board must back him financially this summer and significantly so if they want to keep the (falling) stars for another year. There must be a caveat in there that he must improve or be removed, I’m going to begrudgingly give him another chance as what else can I do as a fan but he must learn the error of his ways and diversify his tactics more next season to compete with teams. His 1 dimensional hoofing 4231 system didn’t work last year, he needs to work on a few new formations and tactics for next season because last year we were set up way too transparently, you could name the team that would be played on a Wednesday before the weekend games last season, and he needs to take more ‘play to win’ tactical gambles!

    HWTL

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  • archaeomag

    May 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #19

    @Ben3arfa
    ‘king irony overload

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  • kevymartins

    May 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #20

    @BPC anyday of the week but would he come to us?

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  • Bettersford

    May 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Aiming to finish in the top 10. What sort of message is that sending out fans and future signings?
    Basically dont expect too much.

    The only way we can change this crappy regime is for fans to vote with their feet.

    I for one will not be renewing my season ticket .

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  • scout

    May 23, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Top 6!!!!
    You’re having a laugh, absolutely no chance, look how many points behind 6th we were, all this slaver about the Uefa cup games, get on with it, half them euro games Beardsley would have ran the show they were the slowest, poorest affairs I have ever witnessed.
    Truth is we will be lucky to finish top 10, 2 away wins all season, jokers, Brighton away in the cup, players just strolling around and fans travelling 360 odd mile howay man

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  • AndyNUFC

    May 23, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #23

    As much as I can get my head around sustainable development, efficient spending and living within your means, I hate how he has to stick in at the end “committed to affordable football”.

    If he thinks this is affordable, he would die looking at the German average prices. Quite different leagues, with a heavier focus on youth players – so where are ours? Yeah Fergie and Bigi are doing OK but apart from them I cant see any kids pushing for a bench spot next year.

    Quite blatantly he hopes we have another English kid who can come through in 1 season and be sold for £30mill.

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  • Shiremagpies

    May 23, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Evening gents, been reading a lot of comments and I agree fully with all comments made bout par dumps inability to man manage and encourage the team to realise their full potential as individuals. As a manager myself(not football) I find it hard to believe how he cannot do this. Does anyone agree?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 23, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #25

    So this season’s goal is a top 10 finish just like last season?

    …we all better buckle up it is going to be a bumpy ride 😉

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 23, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #26

    @ Kevy

    Apparently he is surplus to requirements according to the papers (take it with a pinch of salt 🙂 ) and he can’t get a game over Koscielny & Mertesacker. If Collo leaves a pairing of M’biwa & Vermaalen could work well.

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  • Toon Tang

    May 23, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #27

    DokToon, aye, would be a good read with pardew grovelling… or not as it looks haha

    …in other big news, titus may be leaving scumderland. worth a punt anyone??????

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Gate receipts obviously don’t come anywhere near the revenue that free advertising and TV money amount to, so the fat man thinks if he keeps the prices low and does the half price season tickets he’ll get away with serving up this dross, I think the fact that stability is regurgitated over the word success shows us our intent this summer.

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  • kevymartins

    May 23, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #29

    @BPC I would love to see that pairing. They don’t call him the terminator for nothing 😀

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  • Albert's Secret Love Child (Formerly Krul To Be Kind)

    May 23, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Toon Tang

    FCUK NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Shiremagpies

    May 23, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #31

    If the news on vermaelen is true at 5mil, he would be ideal as cools replacement, possibly take a punt on Douglas on a free transfer to back them up, 2 solid CBs net spend 5mil plus wages???

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  • Ian Toon

    May 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Ochytoon- I am not well up on tittle tattle -LOL

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  • Toon Tang

    May 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Albert

    hahahaha THATS WHAT I THOUGHT!!!!

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 23, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #34

    A few harsh words on here. I think Newcastle are leading the way in trying to stabilise ticket prices. Aye were nowhere near the low prices of Germany, but nor are the club hiking them up year on year. Also some of the offers that have been made available during the season to attract families to the ground should be commended.

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  • ochytoon

    May 23, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Ian Toon
    Haha no worries mate. I just don’t feel that Pardew deserves some of the credit he gets, especially for his work at Southampton.

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  • Cisse's Big Toe

    May 23, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #36

    damn goes another source i thought was credible in indykaila

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  • catchy in norway

    May 23, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #37

    what did we learn

    that pardew has a big book of excuses

    that pardew only has one tactic

    that pardew is torn between 2 lovers ( jonas and shola)

    that pardew prefers defence over attack

    that pardew will let our star players be sold off ( watch out for last week of transfers )

    god help us is we go in a cup run,,,

    the future is bleeeeeeek under him

    DL your from another planet

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  • Uncertain Toon

    May 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #38

    Feel even more uncertain now!

    Atleast a top 10 finish! Sounds like they’re not going to invest much money in new players.

    I know we should put this season behind us, but we were only a couple of wins away from finishing in top ten anyway. And that’s a super sh!t season.
    They talk about teamwork, well where is their collective ambition!
    If Pardew hasn’t got us well clear of 10th spot by November his time has to be up.
    And he needs to undertake a media/interview technique course in the summer to prevent himself from spouting utter garbage on a daily basis.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Novocastrian66

    i dont think so

    i think there being forced into it,, poor season and relegation,
    if we had another good season, ticket prices would go up

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  • catchy in norway

    May 23, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Uncertain Toon /

    yeh right

    we were going for a top 5 again,, with the squad we had,, going for top 10 is a huge step backwards, esp since he got the players in in jan , +++ this summer

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