News tonight that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will again be at St. James’ Park tomorrow night when the Magpies take on a very good Everton side, and it’s being reported he is attending his third successive Newcastle game in support of manager Alan Pardew.
A smiling Mike Ashley on Saturday
Pardew will be serving the second game of his three match stadium ban for headbutting Hull City player Davide Meyler, and he then has four games with a touchline ban, which will not be so challenging for the Newcastle manager.
Alan Pardew will again watch Tuesday night’s game against Everton in his office at the Benton Training grounds, where he apparently danced around alter Papiss Cisse’s very late and rather sensational winner against Crystal Palace in the 94th minute.
This is a big change for Mike Ashley, who had not been seen at a game at Newcastle since last September, and it’s seen as support for the beleaguered Newcastle manager.
Many had thought Mike Ashley may even have fired the Newcastle manager, but he didn’t and in a poll we carried out at the time 76% thought he shouldn’t be fired.
Should Alan Pardew Be Fired For His Behavior At Hull?
- No (76%, 3,167 Votes)
- Yes (24%, 980 Votes)
Total Voters: 4,147
And most Newcastle fans thought the English media over-reacted to what happened with Pardew and Meyler.
Is English Media Overreacting To Pardew's Latest Touchline Altercation?
- Yes (86%, 1,286 Votes)
- No (14%, 204 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,489
And this is what Alan Pardew has said today about the Billionaire owner:
“I got up with him after the Crystal Palace game and he was very pleased because he wants us to keep driving towards the end. That’s how he conducts his business and the other side of his business, and that’s what we do here.”
“He will be at the game on Tuesday night and that means has been to the three that I have missed, so obviously for me it has been great that he has shown that support.”
“It is important that in my absence he did that, and I thought it was great that he did do that.” “I don’t want to say what was said in private discussions, but it is the fact he has been to the three games that I have missed.
“In terms of the club, that bodes well because he knows in the summer, we have a bit of work to do.”
There even seems to be a coming together of the Newcastle manager, coaches, scouting team and owner during this difficult phase for Newcastle United.
That will not have gone unnoticed by the players.
What do you think?