Pardew Has Received No Assurances From Ashley

One of the things that Alan Pardew revealed in his interviews today to the local press, is that he hasn’t spoken to Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner, for over three weeks, and while that’s not surprising, it does suggest that the manager has no idea what Mike Ashley is thinking about this current bad spell.

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Happier times between Pardew and Ashley?

But Alan Pardew is simply getting on with his job, and he said that’s what Ashley would expect:

“That’s what he expects me to do. He doesn’t want me to ring him and say, ‘Mike, I’m a little bit perturbed’. He wouldn’t see any sign of strength in that and I wouldn’t do that.”

“He hasn’t offered me any reassuring words and I wouldn’t expect him to.”

But that last line we think is important, and it could still depend on how we  fare in the last two games that will decide whether Alan keeps his job,

Walking out of St. James’ Park after 69 minutes is not consistent with helping Newcastle getting the win – that’s for sure.

And confidence is not high that we can win the game at home tomorrow in any case, against the bottom of the league side, and 55% think we’ll lose the game in our current poll.

Pardew could even  mention that percentage to the players before the game – it may even inspire them to fight like hell – and try to get a win.

And that’s when we score more goals than the opposition – I looked it up – just to make sure. 😀

And it’s been a long time since we last won by scoring the stoppage  time winner at home to Crystal Palace on March 22nd.

It’s been a long time, and in the last 19 games we have played 13 games in which we couldn’t  have won the game – because we didn’t score a goal.


It’s been a bad run alright.

Comments welcome.

68 comments so far

  • p

    May 2, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Personally I would like to see a walk out

    I think it sends a message that since Christmas, things have been unacceptable:

    Not replacing Cabaye (I was okay with selling him), Pardew getting himself banned, players who don’t give a toss, appointing a novice to run the club etc etc.

    Since there is nothing to play for and the players have not reciprocated the support with effort, I think it would not be a bad thing.

  • Marty-Toon

    May 2, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Could be a very sad ending to the season.
    Can’t imagine losing tomorrow but it’s certainly possible,we will get devoured at Anfield.
    Gonna be a very angry crowd tomorrow though,trust me.

  • Marty-Toon

    May 2, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Nile Ranger let go from Swindon
    What a tosser
    In trouble again.
    What a waste of talent

  • stan anderson

    May 2, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #4

    This Pardew really makes my p-ss boil.
    Walk out and get shot of him.

  • toon22

    May 2, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Ah so they are saying the best way for us to change the last 7 years is to just do nothing.

    It hasnt worked so far.

    Has it.

  • toon22

    May 2, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Its so bad atm i might as well go watch Gateshead.

    Atleast they will show some ambition and not have a policy of non competativenes.

  • Charlietoon

    May 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #7

    If Pardew wanted what is best for the club he would either walk or call out Ashley for not investing in the club and for selling Cabaye. As it is the guy just wants to keep his job….thats the extent of NUFCs amibitons. Keep pl status, keep job, keep player, repeat.

  • joenufc

    May 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Tell ya what we are gonna look like a bunch of complete numptys if the walkout don’t happen now. The media coverage on it is global and huge. Lol 😕

  • lesh

    May 3, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #9

    If Pardew’s heard nothing from Ashley in three weeks, then something is going on behind the scenes.

    Could that be Ashley’s way of issuing the oft dreaded vote of confidence?

    As far as the walk out’s concerned, I must say I’m not convinced about it.

    What might have been worth thinking about was a sit in (or should I say a period when fans remained in their seats to reflect upon and discuss the game) after the match. If it had been publicised, the media would have been taken a keen interested.

    Imagine the scenes, stewards trying to eject tens of thousands of fans from the ground.

    In any event, walking out will affect the players and tge result.

    We do want a home win, don’t we?

  • stuart no9

    May 3, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #10

    joe —– its got to happen . end of storey,

  • lesh

    May 3, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #11

    toon22…. Gateshead play Sunday?

    If so, that’s a pity… An opportunity for fans to go to Gateshead instead of SJP.

    A full house at the International Stadium and many empty seats at SJP.

    Now that would have sent a message to the press.

  • daffy

    May 3, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Don’t worry – Mike loves Pards
    He will pull a rabbit out of the hat – beat Cardiff & get twated at Liverpool
    On the beach in the summer planning the next French invasion

  • stuart no9

    May 3, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #13

    lesh @9——-What might have been worth thinking about was a sit in (or should I say a period when fans remained in their seats to reflect upon and discuss the game) after the match. If it had been publicised, the media would have been taken a keen interested.——— i’m baffled. tell me how that would work

  • joenufc

    May 3, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Staurt I agree mate,just something tells me it won’t go as planned, dunno fella.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 3, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Graeme, good post on the last thread.

  • wynsleap

    May 3, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Lesh – what the Hell does the result matter tomorrow?
    The season is finished. We may as well have seven defeats in a row as six. What’s the difference?
    Surely you’re not so desperate for a win to say everything is OK now?
    A win for Cardiff tomorrow would put them back above Sunderland and possibly Pardew out on his neck. Surely that’s better than three meaningless points or are we so desperate for any chink of happiness these days to the detriment of the’ bigger picture’?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 3, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Pardew has got some nerve using the fans’ loyalty as a distraction to keep the pressure off him. That’s all he’s doing it for. If he hadn’t been such a poor manager he wouldn’t find himself in this position of equalling the worst ever losses by a toon manager on top of the other frankly embarrassing records he’s broken. If he loses again tomorrow, he’ll break it the unwanted loss record.

    I think it would be sods law that someone goes and scores and we win the game. Sods law. Just like happened in the last minute when Remy used his skill from a loose ball in the area and when Hatem lifted one onto Cisse’s head.

    All those results did was patch over more dross.

    No more dross, no more Anal P45DUE.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 3, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #18

    If we lose tomorrow, that Liverpool game will be carnage. Absolute carnage and it will be live all over the world. It will be repeated for years.

    Ashley and Pardew out.

  • joenufc

    May 3, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #19

    That’s my fear, away to the bindippers could turn out to be very embarrassing for us. I just don’t see how we could keep the score down to a respectable level

  • Mister Tuff

    May 3, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Percy is flailing around in desperation, akin to the death throws of a dying man. The old PR/psychology ruse of declaring a teams supporters as the best in the world has clearly been forgotten. Turning on the fans calling them disloyal ti me is really the last straw. Some folk have followed the Toon for generations, their fathers and grandfathers before them. The astonishing gall of Percy insulting the supporters takes my breath away. Percy has just been here three years -what right has he to insult fans who have supported the Toon for a lifetime.
    Percy must think the game is up – he mentioned it was not about him or the board -but it is EXACTLY that.
    People has just about enough to stomach from Percy and Tubbs.
    I hope that the exodus materialises tomorrow -some decent folk are trying something which is within their power to do -in order to make the club better – first job in the process is to get rid of these crooks and charlatans.

  • joenufc

    May 3, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Arsenal got 3 without reply and in all honesty didn’t get out of second gear. The bindippers have played far better more clinical football than them this season.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 3, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Mister Tuff, exactly.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 3, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #23

    Joe, if Arsenal wanted, they could have had seven or eight quite easily. It looked like a veterans exhibition match at times.

    They really were coasting whilst we sat back looking like dummies.

    We had six internationally honoured players playing I think it was. They should all have more purpose to playing a football game than just sitting back and soaking up the pressure all game.

  • stan anderson

    May 3, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #24

    Well said Mr Tuff @20
    It sums him up really .he has.nt got a clue what we are about has he.

  • joenufc

    May 3, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #25

    Yeah but they played to P45dues tactics mate,he had Arsenal right where he wanted them

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 3, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #26

    Patsy Pardew is used to being hounded out of clubs. Even though he brags about Wesstaaam, the fans had demonstrations to get him out, just like at Charlton. No surprise that he has been found out here too.

    If he did go, I think Carr should be used for advice on a manager which will complement the players and someone who is better suited for a more attacking style. In my opinion.

    Hopefully the signs of asset stripping may mean Ashley has a possible buyer. Although I won’t be getting my hopes up too much.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 3, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #27

    I know. Embarrassing. They should be enjoying their football, not sitting back scared to go past the half way line with containment tactics.

  • 70TWO

    May 3, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #28

    P45 (over) due

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 3, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #29

    If you’ve seen the excellent ‘The Castle’ film or whether you haven’t, then Darryl Kerrigan’s saying of “tell ‘im he’s dreamin'” can be applied to all of P45DUE’s nonsense everytime he opens his rubber mouth.

    Tell Him He’s Dreamin’:

  • soundoid

    May 3, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #30

    This unrest has been brewing since CH was fired. We all know he was fired for not towing the Ashley Line of getting the big earners off the books and filling the positions with cheap but potentially good imports with a good resale value.

    We all know this crap.
    Is Pardew a bad football manager? I would say no with good players at his disposal he delivered us a top 5 finish.
    Is he a bad club manager the answer has to be yes. Not going mental at JFK being appointed DOF was his a mistake we possibly would have all got behind him at this point. That appointment and him endorsing that proved that he’s a puppet of the regime.

    Our squad is lacking in quality. He keeps saying that and it’s true. If you’d grown a pair Alan and stuck up for this club we’d be right behind you. You didn’t mate.

    It didn’t take our supporters long to work out that Chris Hughton was a man of integrity. We were never sure about you Alan. Know we now.

    Ashley out and take your puppet with you.

  • lesh

    May 3, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Wynsleap….. No, but three points would be nice for the sake of Geordie pride – I couldn’t care a toss about Sunderland.

    stuart no9… How would it work? Fans would just sit on their added and then take their time leaving.

  • Sav

    May 3, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #32

    He revealed Monster Mash didn’t even ring him up after he won Manager of the Month to say ‘well done’. What sort of crazy club have we got? One where the owner couldn’t give a flying f***, that’s clear. I think our vital signs are being kept going by the machine and its time someone switched it off and let us RIP.

  • USAunitedfan

    May 3, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #34

    Maybe thats why pardew and the players dont seem to care. if the owner quite obviously doesnt why should they? Ashley out, Pardew out.

  • Thump

    May 3, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #35

    The walkout needs to happen. Pardew and Co. don’t like the idea, and it’s certainly not “for the sake of the players”. If it was “for the sake of the players” then why hasn’t Pardew been going on about the atmosphere – or lack thereof – in the stadium? For 3 seasons the damn place has been a f’ing funeral dirge whether we’re winning or losing. Honestly, you could have an empty stadium and there’d be no noticeable difference in noise levels.

    F him and f his employer. I’d love to see a 52,000 walkout rather than the few who are.

  • theartfuldodger

    May 3, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #36

    Ok firstly Pardew seems to have more confidence in the walkout happening than some fans out here…

    Secondly, Mike wants him to get on with things…Thats exactly what we dont want…We dont want him doing what Mike likes.
    Alan, you get to keep Mike and yr job but not the fans..

    Thirdly Alan, why dont you resign and walk. That will stop the fans walking out.

    Fourthly, WalkOut is not right ? Is everything else at the club right ??

  • theartfuldodger

    May 3, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #37

    Summary of Pardew since last week..

    I wont walk…fans shdnt walk..ashley wants me to get on with things just as he puts them…

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 3, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #38

    Morning lads!…I think alot of us supporters would cut a deal with our charlatan manager:

    …walk and the team will have our support back! Show us your true worth?

  • Thump

    May 3, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #39

    @theartfuldodger: At the Fans United meetings, we learned very quickly that the club often took the meetings more seriously than we did. To the extent where they would actually get the minutes earlier than those in attendance/on the newsletter.So yeah, they take it very seriously indeed.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 3, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #40

    …sadly I don’t think our support is that important to him! He would drag us down if he had to and he would just point the finger 🙁


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