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.
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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