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Mike Ashley Doesn’t Understand Football – Pardew

9:19 pm, Sunday, October 13th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Alan Pardew was interviewed on Goals on Sunday this morning, and the Newcastle manager had some interesting things to say, mostly about Mike Ashley, the owner.

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Mike Ashley - sometimes he gets upset

Mike was a Billionaire when he bought Newcastle just over six years ago, and he is still a Billionaire, and worth a little bit more than he was in 2007.

This is what Alan Pardew had to say about Mike:

“Mike is a strong character who has been a success in his whole business life and is a genius in that world – but when you come to football the logic doesn’t quite fit.”

“He loves football but he sometimes can’t understand how it works, and it confuses and upsets him, and when he is upset he does things that aren’t brilliant for the football club.”

“That’s just Mike and he has funded the club, made sure we have no debt – other than to himself – and supported me.”

“But unless we get a billionaire from deepest Russia we are probably not going to be able to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, which is what our fans want.”

Well there’s some real criticism of Ashley from Alan Pardew, and we’d love to know the specifics of when Mike’s been upset and done things that aren’t brilliant for the football club - maybe the sacking of Derek LLambias in June?

And the very fact that Joe Kinnear was brought in meant that Derek would not be staying at the club, and even before Joe was formally announced he said that Derek had resigned.

One day Derek LLambias announced Joe’s new position at the club, and the next day Derek resigned.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 13, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    45toonarmydownsouth // Oct 13, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Rotonda
    I’d agree with that tbf, think we saw a big reaction from pardew after the hull game and took some guts to drop benny/cisse so fair play to him there but he, like the squad needs to find a consitency this season, not just have a plan A and stubbornly plough on with it if it’s not working!

    As for marveux, he’s a tricky one for me, came here as a LM/LW but looked absolutely shocking there and looked much better in the number 10 role, but even still has only ever shown glimpses of genius have yet to see him do it over 90 mins or back to back games and he certainly looks like he has no interest in playing midweek against lower league teams in the cups!!
    This season he’s dropped off the face of the earth so who knows what his story is, bad attitude? Lazy? Or just not rated by the staff?

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I thought we couldn’t compete with the likes of QPR, Swansea ans SOTON? ;) lol

    …which is it?

  • 3 north_country_boy // Oct 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    No shit Sherlock! No wonder we are doing as well as we are – does the bloke ever think before he opens his mouth?!

  • 4 stuart no9 // Oct 13, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    pards talking shite again, and we havnt even had a game!. there is just no stopping the man.

  • 5 archaeomag // Oct 13, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    @Ed; Who said “Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About Newcastle” ?

  • 6 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Stuart9
    Of course he was talking, he was a guest on Goals on Sunday and was being interviewed live on air what was he supposed to say no comment ffs?

  • 7 banjax // Oct 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Tell us something new. We all know Mike Ashley does not understand football because he has made so many costly errors by sacking KK, sacking Chris Hughton, and hiring JK twice, not to mention AP who tells the whole country that Newcastle have too many foreign players – that will do wonders for motivating our foreign legion to work their socks off and win more games ! Oh for f’s sake !

  • 8 jimmysmith // Oct 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    WTF, if I said publically that my boss was ill equipped to succeed and childishly reactionary, I’d get the sack for sure…….oh, now I get it, Pards, you sly one, you! Chuckle, chuckle, chortle, chortle………no, but really, can he get away with that.

  • 9 mattnufc // Oct 13, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Stuart9
    What do you disagree with?

  • 10 Charlietoon // Oct 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Ed we have done something good with our 20 quid away ticket deals. More worthy of an article than this rubbish.

  • 11 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 13, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    “But unless we get a billionaire from deepest Russia we are probably not going to be able to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, which is what our fans want.”

    first thing first you dipstick, us fans don’t want to be a Man city/united or Chelsea type teams spending huge amounts of millions on over valued players, we want a strong team in all position for each player to challenge for there place.

    there’s 3 things fans want from Newcastle and that’s

    1. MA out
    2. AP out
    3. JFK out

  • 12 Big Pappa Cissé // Oct 13, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    If you actually think this is just Pardew speaking his mind then you are easily fooled.

    This is a carefully scripted quote to somehoe justify some of Ashley’s ludicrous decisions. He just doesn’t have the balls to do it himself or publicaly apologize to NUFC fans, step up puppet Pardew who has probably been rehearsing that interview all week.

  • 13 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 13, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Big Pappa Cissé

    it could be the march thing mate that’s got them 3 on the edge, the 3 stooges think we are easily fooled and they think they know more and AP probably gave this kind of comment for us fans to feel sorry for MA, but it will never work.

  • 14 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    i’ll give it 2 weeks and the MA will do everything to improve Newcastle speech will come out from AP & JFK

  • 15 lesh // Oct 14, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    If Ashley’s found that the running Newcastle United requires a different approach to those he applies to running Sports Direct as a very successful business a d he clearly does not understand the football business, then he seems to have three options available to him:
    • step back and recruit someone who has managed a major club’s strategy, fianances and commercial operation – not a Kinnear type.
    • do nowt and let the club lurch from crisis to crisis
    • sell up

    MA’s made a success of Sports Direct and must Thetford have a lot of talent and the sense to acknowledge his weaknesses and employ specialists where

    I would imagine that employs specialist recruitment to find SD’s senior and specialist staff.

    I think that MA would agree that some of the staff he’s brought into Newcastle United haven’t performed as he’d hoped they would. Equally, it could be argued that he has recruited some who’ve done an incredible job for the club.

    Maybe Mike’s realised that recruiting staff requires a great knowledge of the business (NUFC) and that the recruiter must have a great insight into business, its people, credibilty and most importantly, contacts.

    Yup, we’ve fortunate to see his obvious talents in bringing such big players to Newcastle United –
    • Tony Jimanez
    • Denis Wise
    • Derek Llambias
    • Kevin Keegan
    • Joe Kinnear and
    • Alan Pardew to name but a few.

    Now if he were set up to identify more like those above and place them into key positions in other EPL clubs, Newcastle United might just have a chance of achieving the success he’s looking for!!




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