Is This Why Mike Ashley Wont Sack Pardew?

Newcastle have only four wins in the last 24 league games – since we beat Stoke 5-1 on Boxing Day – and 23 of them are this year – and that’s a pitiful record with 15 points out of the last 72 played for, and that’s a record almost impossible to defend.

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Mike Ashley – doesn’t look too gracious in this photo

There’s not too much that Alan Pardew can say about that record, other than to say it’s not good enough, and it’s not the first time in Alan’s reign at Newcastle that we’ve gone through a terrible stretch under his leadership, and the season before last we famously went 13 games with 10 defeats in the league – and yes – Alan Pardew is still the Newcastle manager.

There are not too many PL clubs who would not have fired Pardew after the 2-1 home defeat against Reading early last year, which was our 10th defeat in 13 games, and was the first time in 7 attempts that Reading had beaten Newcastle United.

Managers are getting fired with far better records than Alan has at Newcastle,  in those two terrible streaks of form.

But for whatever reason Mike Ashley seems to like the Londoner, and the Newcastle manager works under the severe restrictions that Ashley puts on him at Newcastle.

And Matt Le Tissier, who played 540 games for Southampton with a fantastic 209 goals, has given Newcastle fans an insight into what Mike Ashley was like after the game,  in the Saints boardroom on Saturday.

This is what the Southampton super-star told talkSPORT:

“There seems to be unrest among the fans, but I’m not sure there’s too much unrest among the boardroom.¨ “I’ve not heard too many noises coming out saying Alan Pardew’s job is under threat, which will be a bit of a blow to the Toon Army.¨

“I was in the boardroom on Saturday, funnily enough, and even after defeat, Mike Ashley was pretty gracious in defeat, and he didn’t look like a man who was about to go off and sack his manager.”

Ashley may have looked gracious in the boardroom after the game, but during the game – in the picture above – he looks to be in pain – just like the Newcastle fans were (make that severe pain),  who were watching the game.

Newcastle were pathetic on Saturday, and we just have to hope that the lads perform an awful lot better against Hull City on Saturday, and that we can get a decent result, but another defeat would  surely be the end of Alan Pardew at Newcastle.

That’s true isn’t it?

But maybe not, because it could be that Ashley will find it difficult to recruit a manager who is willing to work under the significant restraints Ashley places on them on Tyneside,  and Mike also has a rather bad habit of selling our best players whenever he gets a good offer for them – and then nor replacing them.

That’s even more reason why the best managers available might resist taking the Newcastle job – if Pardew is finally fired in the week(s) ahead.

Under Mike Ashley’s seven year ownership Newcastle are becoming a mediocre club at best – and that’s what’s so frustrating to Newcastle fans – it’s just not good enough.

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32 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Sep 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Our Toon

    September 16, 2014


    Cruise, USC, Debenhams, Primark, Firetrap

    There are others but I don’t have the list with me, however the other half has it as it’s a don’t go there list for her seeing as she does quite a bit of the shopping

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 16, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Let’s hope you’re wrong, Matthew.

  • mindshaft

    Sep 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Think we would find a number of managers who would work under the constraints Pards has – most french, spanish and italian clubs are run this way – Athletico Madrid for one

    Ashleys is that bothered about success, to get top four would mean some serious investment and still not guarantee success.
    If you take it from a the risk perspective it just isn’t worth investing money that may have little return and a huge risk of loss.

    Ashley seems to take the same line with Pards – he knows he isnt great but thinks he can keep us as a lower mid table club

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 16, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Our Toon
    With the mess where in no one taking responsibility or seeming not wanting to change anything at the club I can easy see us doing a Portsmouth/Leeds.
    To many petty squabbles between management, owners, directors -fans singing Pardew out and HBA’s can blame the players if they don’t give a shit!!!!!!!

    GET ME OUTA HERE !!!!!!!!!

  • Our Toon

    Sep 16, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #5


    No keeper in the world could have prevented that goal, it’s 2 on 1 mate he’s put his hand up in hope for offside because he knows the guy will square the ball…If he moves to early it’s a tap in for the crosser, if he doesn’t move either player can score. If he closes the guy with the ball he squares it and it’s in. Tim Krul is the last person to blame for that tap in goal.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 16, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #6


    I suggest you go back and look at the reasons why both Leeds and Portsmouth got into that mess, overspending….living beyond there means….ambition killed them clubs.

    Now compare us to that

  • tequilamag

    Sep 16, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #7

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 16, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #9

    tequilamag // Sep 16, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Debenhams is part of the Arcadia group and Primark is owned by Associated British foods

  • Lost Plot

    Sep 16, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #10

    From trying to be pro Pardew for many reasons (well two .. 2 too many as it seems to have unravelled)

    Pards has never had the flush draw that many managers get when it comes to putting ya cards on the table

    And he in a role that is no more than being a yes man to the Boss

    MANY people are in jobs like that worldwide BUT enough is enough when our credibility is now at an a time low

    We know now Ashley ain’t gonna give a Top Manager a Role that’ll involve BIG spending soo what now

    If it was Shearer still at the Realm and in same predicament (surely we wouldn’t be slagging off his tactics)

    I hate to say I’ve lost faith with the regime and now look at every game with a blank 🙁

    What now?

  • Our Toon

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #11


    Bigger list than I have but haven’t even heard of some of them brands

  • nightfa11

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #12

    if we keep pardew, we will be a championship club next season..then ashley can sell the club for half a price.. f****** idiots..both of them.. seriously..from what we’ve seen over the past 2 seasons, they simply dont give a flying f*** about nufc..they simply dont.. and from newcastle..i have no idea how can you go to matches and support this sabotage.. (and dont give me this: we support our club no matter what – if you truly support our club, youd want whats best for it & did sth about it – and that doesnt mean paying for the goddamn ticket), but until people unite and make a stand, all (world) “leaders” will treat us as sheep.. beeEEeeeEEeeee

  • Our Toon

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #13


    Don’t know if your on mate but seems like the whole of the geordie fans are now neggers….i fund that quite amusing especially after being blasted for being so for 2 years

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Our Toon
    I didn’t say he’s to blame but to say he could do nothing is ludacrious
    The whole team were atrocious and Krul’s attitude, bearing in mind it was 1-0 was disgraceful
    He easily could of beat the man to the ball, he didn’t, he bottled it massively due to his earlier howler which should of seen him walk

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d imagine the best way to get the best out of him would be to actually play him

  • Belfast

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #16

    To do a leeds or a portsmouth you need to spend money charlie, and lots of it.

    Think the chances of that are very slim lol

  • mindshaft

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Neither Ashley or Pards give a flying ferk what the fans think, that goes for Carver, Woodman and most of the football world.
    Ultimately they think were a bunch of whinging barstewards who should be happy being served up complete crap football unless we are signing a few 30 million pound players each transfer window

    They can all ferk right off – I’m finally giving up the ghost with this lot for this season – I’ve had enough of them taking the pi55 out of me so am going to just stream games over t’internet

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Charlie, the fans chanting for him out is his own fault and it is long, long overdue. He hasn’t managed to develop us into a cohesive team in the 4 years he’s been here. For the most part they’ve look lost, scrappy, negative, static and all round crap whilst telling us the opposite.

    He deserves all the abuse he gets for his lies and incompetence. Demotivation from the players, clueless attacking AND defending are all parts of the inept management which he has continuously provided us, as he did at some of his other clubs too.

    His reception on Saturday will be very well deserved.

  • croftus5678

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #19

    1st of all i’m not convinced at all that ashley is interested in winning and competing for the prem unless he can do it and make money from it !

    he wont sell as he’s just made 8o mil from tv and thats pretty much a huge profit for him every season as long as he’s in the prem so if he has to spend 2mil for a player who can get us up 4 places and make him 1mil profit he will see it as a bad investment.

    same with pards will he pay him off out of his contract if he’s doing enough to keep us in the prem ? which is all ashley wants.

    a good result will be enough to turn a lot of fans heads as a lot forget very quickly when a silver lining appears and i’m one for being realistic and not making things up to push pards out but even i am sick to death of trying to play defensive when its clear we have more attack minded players and our defenders are avg at best.

    our striking signings are a failure i’ve heard it said ! i disagree.
    our striking signings are asked to defend far too much and make defence there first thought is there only failure and i’m sure river/perez/siem ect will score lots if they are played to attack.

  • toon kk

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #20

    50,000 fans which pack SJP are as much to blame as MA and his useless side kick Pards.
    keep away if you want change otherwise don’t complain when we’re back in the championship.

    Remember you were part of the regime that got us relegated. (If we are relegated, which is looking likely).

  • 70TWO

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #21

    I don’t agree with the article, a new and potentially more successful manager would work under the same conditions and be more profitable. The resale value of some of the existing players will be less once NUFC are in the Championship. However a stable top ten side that is able to negotiate a Cup run has greater appeal for investment, the opportunity to bring through youth players and high transfer fees.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #22

    It looks to me as if one of two things is happening:
    1. Ashley has spoken to AP and is convinced that AP can keep us up – which is all Ashley cares about.
    2. Ashley has people secretly running about lining up a successor.

    I just hope it’s the latter, and that one makes more sense. Ashley cannot possibly look at Saturday’s game, on top of this year’s stats, and consider his club safe from relegation. There’s no sense to that.

    Plus, if he is replacing AP, then it won’t be quick. There aren’t many contenders out there and given that AP will do pretty much anything he’s told rather than resign, he knows he can afford to just leave him as a lame duck leader until that replacement is signed.

    It happened with Hughton – it was out of the blue, and clearly his replacement had been a work-in-progress for a long time.

    So my money (and my hope) is on AP being replaced – but not for a wee while yet.

  • RyanMagpie

    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #23

    yea,Pardew might just ruin his career.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 16, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #24

    We all know what is happening at this club and who is responsible. Perhaps if the fans stopped whinging about the situation and actually tried to do something about it we might get there in the end.
    Bet your life if we get an early goal against Hull everyone will be shouting like crazy and the Pardew antagonism will go quiet.
    Why can’t fans see the BIGGER picture? A win over Hull is not impossible but it certainly won’t solve anything at this club. It’s rapidly decaying from the top downwards.
    If the local media can keep the pressure on daily we can too. It’s got to be better than sitting there just taking all the c**p that’s being chucked our way.

  • gaz 44

    Sep 16, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #25

    I’ll be honest I said last year I was done going to St James for matches..
    First game of the season I went, was impressed .. Since then the only thing I have been impressed with is Rolando .
    I won’t be back at st James now unless something changes massively

  • MonkseatonMag

    Sep 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #26

    ToonKK @ 20

    Totally agree. It IS our fault. “Support the team – not the regime” is absolute rubbish – you can’t do one without doing the other.

    50,000 happy clappers will be there as usual on Saturday booing Pardew while at the same time filling Ashleys pockets.

  • andrew84

    Sep 16, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #27

    No, Ed.

    It’s gone beyond hoping for a decent result against Hull.

    A decent result will just give Pardew a stay of execution, and in my opinion that’s much worse in the long run.

    That’s what this regime (and Pardew) have done. Never before have I wanted us to lose a game so that some kind of concrete action is taken to move us forward in the long term, instead of putting up with tedious, agonising defensive performances and scraping narrow victories.

    That’s my opinion anyway.

  • geordiemark

    Sep 16, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #28

    its been a while since last been on here last season in fact but lets get things straight, if Ashley sticks with pardew then were done for we will get relegated without a doubt, about this gambling debts pardew owes who cares that’s not the clubs concern that’s between Ashley and pardew, the only cure to the cancer that is inside our club is Ashley and pardew both must go its as simple as that

  • scout

    Sep 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #29

    He cant turn this around, the players have give in with the inept tactics and hes trained the life and soul out of the squad.
    He has players like krul, janmaat, tiote, cabella and riviere yet we lack any sort of fluency on the pitch. I can honestly say that a non league manager would have a better record 100%

  • scout

    Sep 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #30

    how the bookies make us favourites is quite remarkable lol

  • Todwick Mag

    Sep 16, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Not going to hull match as disgusted with saturdays performance. Thought we played ok against city was quite optermistic then my cousin went to villa and said it was a poor game but we should have won. Palace defender very poorly but the young lad came on and changed the game then sat shocking. Just want us to win more than we loose not asking for much just to have a team to be proud of again but cant see it happening with mr pardew in charge

  • Charlietoon

    Sep 16, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #32

    At the very least it is absolutely no fun to watch our team run around on the pitch anymore. Maybe Ashley is in pain cause he is watching shite football.


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