There was news late last night that Alan Pardew could be managing his last game for Newcastle against Stoke City on Monday night, if we lose that tough game at the Britannia Stadium.
Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley
The news is in the Independent and it’s not the first time this paper have reported that Alan Pardew has a limited number of games to turn things around on Tyneside, or else he will lose his job as Newcastle manager.
However, so far no action has been taken against the Independent, which is interesting – perhaps what they reported was true.
However, we think there will be a denial issued about this from the Newcastle club tomorrow, because a lawyer speaking on behalf of Ashley after the event said that Mike was not being serious.
This is what Ashley is quoted as saying to the reporter on Thursday night:
“He’s got one more game,’ ‘If we lose against Stoke on Monday night then he’s gone. I have had enough. Dead. Finished. Over. One more game then that’s it.”
“What would you do? I have spent a lot of money on that club, it’s cost me a lot. I won’t put up with it any more. Honestly, answer me, what would you do? One more loss and he’s gone, he’s over, finished.”
“That’s all I’m prepared to say about it and now that I’ve said it, it’s out there. You can do what you want with it. There’s only so much I can take.”
Ashley was outside The Golden Lion pub in London’s Soho district, and t was on Thursday night where he was having a drink with a friend.
And then the Independent quoted a lawyer speaking for Mike Ashley saying the following last night:
“Mr Ashley responded, tongue in cheek, that Mr Pardew had two more games before being sacked.”
‘To put this into perspective, over the past few weeks certain reporters have stated that they believe that Mr Pardew has two more games before being sacked. Mr Ashley was therefore ‘humoring’ your reporter.”
If Newcastle do lose against Stoke City on Monday night, we will have just 3 points from the first 6 games and coupled with the end of last season the record this year is simply horrendous.
And we’ve said before that the very last thing Ashley wants is for Newcastle United to be relegated and lose out on all that Premier League money.
The truth is probably that Alan Pardew has a limited number of games – maybe two or three – to turn this thing around.
Otherwise he could be fired, but we have to also think that Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley have put some work in recently to determine who would be the next manager at Newcastle, should Alan Pardew not be successful in turning things around and is fired.
We expect Newcastle to issue a statement on this news sometime tomorrow, probably saying that what Ashley said was not meant to be taken seriously.
It’s also extremely unprofessional for Mike to have said what he said to the Independent reporter in the first place – he must have known the comments would immediately be put in print.
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