Newcastle Defend Alan Pardew – Ban Another Newspaper

The article in the Sunday Express three days ago that Alan Pardew had to win against Aston Villa or else lose his job at Newcastle, never sounded very credible – if only because Newcastle are hardly in any relegation trouble, so if the manager is to be fired, there’s no urgency to do that – although that’s not the case with other clubs fighting relegation.

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Alan Pardew – safe in the job

And Newcastle felt they had to release a statement on the matter yesterday, as follows:

The Club feels it necessary to respond to the article published in the Sunday Express newspaper, headlined ‘Pardew’s One Game From Sack – Beat Villa or it’s the Bullet’, and claimed as an ‘exclusive’ by the paper. The article was written by John Richardson.

We consider it extremely poor practice for a newspaper to print such an article without first seeking comment or clarification from the Club. The article was completely untrue and we can only assume published for commercial reasons or as an attempt to unsettle and disrupt.

The article also created subsequent ill-informed and damaging coverage in other media outlets and across social media.

To publish an article of such nature gives the profession of journalism a bad name. Journalists and newspapers which print such wholly inaccurate stories should be aware that there will be consequences for their actions.

Newcastle United will not accept false, misleading, mischievous or inflammatory reporting such as this and will take appropriate action as and when necessary.

To this end, Newcastle United can confirm that the Sunday Express is banned with immediate effect. This ban does not extend to the paper’s sister publications, including the Daily Star, who made contact with the Club to check the validity of the story and accordingly did not publish it.

Mike Ashley and company are trying to control the news about the club – and have stopped the local Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun reporters from asking question at the news conferences – because of their reporting on that Time4Change march in October.

But ti’;s very hard to control the media, but at least this statement will be good for the players and the manager – there’s enough turmoil at Newcastle these days already, and what we want to see is Newcastle get out of the terrible slump they are in.

The way to do that is st to start winning games, starting against Aston Villa at home on Sunday.

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10 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 19, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Sack the Board

  • Slank

    Feb 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2


    TDS @ 28

    I know it sounds improbable with probably the worst English manager in the Premiership but yes Cabaye improved as have many others. Colo is a far superior defender now than before. Notwithstanding some poor displays recently I’d say that Ben Arfa has improved too. Old Willo is certainly better than before. I think Debuchy will be vastly improved within the next 12 months. Tiote is still top draw but not sure about some of the others. Marveaux and Obertan have hadly changed.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 19, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #3

    how about banning pardew for some if his press comments.
    we was good today
    if I’m honest
    my teams play in the front foot
    we never got our passing game going today.
    we won’t be selling Andy Carroll

    I hope the papers now start sticking together and go for the club , digging up dirt

  • scitoon

    Feb 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4


    I agree with your comments – i also think a vast majority of players have improved under Pards tenure. However, i think this will be down to the coaching which will also have big inputs from messers Stone, Carver, Beardsley, Woodman etc. On the pitch we see these improvements and although the tactics and subs are sometimes odd, i believe the leadership by Pards is fine. It is the negativity of being at a club owned by MA that is distracting and negative. Problem is with the owner, not Pards per se.

  • scitoon

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Catchy – you want to see more negative headlines in the media? Really? Do you not find it embarrassing?

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Sack Pardew!!

  • Sliema

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #7


    I completely agree. I hope they come at us with all they’ve got now though too. Something’s got to give, we’re a total laughing stock these days.

    We used to be respected. Neutral football fans the world over used to like us, have a soft spot for us. That’s being destroyed now imo.

    How date the media print a story for ‘commercial reasons’? Are they barking mad?

  • Sliema

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8


  • MacToon

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    “we can only assume published for commercial reasons or as an attempt to unsettle and disrupt.”

    Seriously, the pot calling the kettle black.

    Everything about this regime is beginning to stink to high heaven.

  • tynesidetommo

    Feb 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    The rub in all of this is that John – in his younger days he claimed to be the spitting image of KK – used to work for the Journal. Perhaps the club should ban the Journal too.
    Oops it already has. 🙂


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