Pardew Must Not Lose Against Stoke – Otherwise He’s Gone

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 behind mike ashley painful

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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33 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #1


  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #2

    I certainly believe the Ashley -story about King Percy might be getting the boot -some clearly truthful words within the quotation marks -seems like an accurate and well reported story.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #3

    King Percy……………………………………….OOT
    Fawning dogs of King Percy ……………..OOT

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Well, at least we now know he has a sense of humor, of sorts.

  • Dulcinera

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #6

    can’t beleive your quoting this uncomfired tripe ED

    This is exactly the type of crap and his ilk, Mr Tuff feeds on.

    Hows Trish Stratus these days by the way you creep?

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Actually, it’s a really odd thing to say, whatever the motivation, which if I was a betting man, would say was very likely a large quantity of liquor, or he’s dabbling in a little reverse psychology.

    Mike Ashley, for our sins. Good Grief!

  • Sav

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #8

    It is confirmed. There were 4 people present and Ashley’s lawyers are not denying the story, only the truth of what Ashley told the reporter. Still, what an unprofessional scumbag we have running this club to find this behaviour acceptable . Ashley’s contempt for the media is ultimately contempt for fans and the public as a whole. Much like Shepherd and Hall jnr. before him. He may have found it funny at the time but while the players and coaches have done their bit to steady the ship over the last 2 matches, this is just another unwelcome headline opportunity and in this case, entirely self-inflicted.
    Perhaps a clue for the journalist, Chahaudry was in the name of the cockney pub where he got the interview – The Lion.

  • Sav

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #9

    All the wrong headlines will precede our game against Stoke now. What kind of sociopath would find this funny to threaten to sack someone who works for him to a journalist in a pub? This is up there with headbutting Meyle, JFK’s bungling first interview and the renaming of SJP as the Arena as a humiliation of the club

  • newcs

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Doesn’t sound like tongue in cheek. Sounds like one pint too many. Probably one of the only honest things he said and tbh if we do lose he has to go.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Pardew out.

  • expatmag

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #12

    There are two ways to look at this.

    1…Ashley has let his guard down and blabbered his mouth off under the affluence of incohol to a member of his sworn enemies…..the press


    2…He has intentionally said this knowing it would get back to the players and manager hoping that this could be the psychological push for the players to go out there and perform and get a result for the manager, if indeed, they are behind him.

    I cannot believe he would be stupid enough to put himself, the players, the manager and the club in general under such stress as described in number 1 so I am giving him the benefit of the doubt that his intentions were based around number 2.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Well looks like this story appears to be genuine -to reasonable minded readers – but to those of the hear and see no evil brigade (flat earth society knobbers) it’s all lies and has no foundation. It’s not the type of genuine reporting they want to see and hear -these are the types that will deny 9/11 etc. Basically thick mugs -but unfortunately we have to endure them on social media.

    King Percy……………………………………….OOT
    Truth deniers…………………………………..OOT

    who is Trish Status -I never heard of her but presume she is a lady wrestler.

    Those knowing names of lady wrestlers…..OOT.
    Dulcerina and other tools ………………….OOT.

  • expatmag

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #14

    For those who dont actually know TUFF, he is indeed the team manager for the north eastern tattoed ladies wrestling squad of which MRS TUFF is the star turn.

    Apparently, she toured the USA where she regularly had bouts with Hulkess Hogan.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #15

    expat –
    I’ll have to report to the missus what you said -expect a scathing email.

  • expatmag

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #16


    I am shaking in my shoes here. I see you are still under her thumb…… man up and show her who is boss……lol

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #17

    For those who do not know I used to know expat when he lived in the Heed -before he was transported for crimes to the colonies.
    When he lived at the Heed his standard of girlfriend was very poor. I used to get the good looking gals -whereas the standard that expat could attract was on a par with the fat slags from Viz magazine.

  • swemag

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Well, it was quite clear that it was said as a joke.

    However, it is also quite clear that Ashley will sooner or later take steps to protect his investment if results don’t change.

    Basically, the joke is it doesn’t matter what or how he said it. Pardew will be out if things don’t change very soon.

  • expatmag

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #19


    Low Fell lasses were a cut above and I fled to Oz to avoid a paternity suit from a lass, conveniently , from Wideopen.

    I actually thought about hiding out in Pity Me but decided to get as far away from Wideopen as possible.

    Needless to say, TUFF who was from Longbentone married the lass from Wideopen and saved me from a life of misery and degradation…….lol

    Dont tell C

  • Thump

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #20

    lol @ Dulcinera.

    “Unconfirmed tripe”

    ..”Mr. Ashley said.

    You know how news works, aye?

  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 27, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #21

    We are at full strength for stoke game,the least we can do is get a point. The only way he get fired is if we lose by heavy the last two games,we registered good results,so we are in good mood.
    Dummett-he saved us in the last game so I don’t see he’ll drop to bench.I assume he had a good game in midweek so he’ll keep his position.
    william-may be his last chance to show us he is 1st choice CB from what we have.In his last 2 BPL games,he cost us points.Taylor is at his footsteps.
    Goufran-I don’t see he should start. apart from hull game,he is responsible for our poor start of the season.should be replaced by cisse for 4-4-2 fxn.
    Reviere-good to see him find the net in midweek,
    so deserves a start.Hope more goals to come from him.should partner cisse upfront..


  • expatmag

    Sep 27, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #22

    On a serious note and back on subject, a reporter approaching a relaxed Mike Ashley in a London pub sounds as though he was caught with his pants down, so to speak.

    Everybody has their breaking point, even Ashley and when you look at the constant criticism coming his way and rightly so, I personally think his comments were not meant as a joke and the mannerisms used struck me as being deadly serious.

    For Ashley’s solicitors to have to come out with a feeble backtracking statement a couple of hours later leads me to think Ashley has immediately realised how damaging his statement was and the impact it will have on the manager and team on monday. Now that the entire media circus is on this, I would imagine it has/will cause him great embarrassment and he is trying to wheadle his way out of it with a less convincing solicitors statement.

    I am not a Pardew lover and feel he has long ago run his race as manager. He has had little or no assistance from Ashley and more often than not, he has been left as the lone voice to clear up the mess left behind by Ashley and his troop of cronies. Unfortunately for him, the job is just too big for him as results gave shown and I do have a certain amount of sympathy for him. I wonder how he feels tonight.

    If I were him, I would be straight on the phone telling Ashley to stick his job. He would probably get a shot at the Fulham or Cardiff jobs in the championship which is more his level.

    For the sake of your health, Pardew. Get out now. Noone would blame you after this latest Ashley gaff.

  • willowdalerez

    Sep 27, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #23

    MA is typically closed mouthed and secretive. He isn’t the type to make idle chat with a reporter. My guess is that he let loose and there are truth in his words.

    However we will never know since we won’t lose on Monday:

    1. Rivi has scored and will be loose for the match
    2. I fully expect that both Cheick and Cisse will be healthy for the match
    3. Cisse and Rivi to start (Gouffran on bench)
    4. Stoke haven’t had a great start either, don’t score many goals, Crouchy is old and our boys can contain him and I rate our defence strong enough to hold off Diouf on the few feeds he gets.
    5. switch of formation to attacking 4-4-2 (my team guess below) Pards has no choice with job on line, my team below:

    Janmaat Willo Coloccini Dummett
    Tiote Colback Sissoko Remy Cabella
    Cisse Rivi

  • expatmag

    Sep 27, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #24


    I would replace Dummett with Haidara and play a diamond formation in midfield.

    However we all know Pardew will play a defensive formation of 4231. I dont expect him to drop Goufran but can see Cisse coming on the last half hour to replace Rivi because Patdew is too frightened to attack Stoke.

    A defeat will ensue and hopefully a new manager before Swansea

  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 27, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #25

    I agree,but The only reason pards start with Goufran, if he gives him,is bcoz he is Good in track back and defend.otherwise, he lost his form since beginning of 2014,
    He scored zero and assist one,against hull last week, since January of this year.He better start with obertan if he elects to play with one striker!!

  • toshtoon

    Sep 27, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #26

    A sober man hides the truth, a drunken man reveals the truth. Heres hoping our owner was blotto.

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 27, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #27


    Janmaat Willo Coloccini Dummett
    Tiote Colback Sissoko Remy Cabella
    Cisse Rivi

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 27, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #28

    Attack Toon attack attack!

  • toonincheek

    Sep 27, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #29

    tosh –
    Too true.
    Maybe that’s why MA doesn’t like to give interviews.

  • bills-son

    Sep 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #30

    BS Tuff Boys – OOT

    Real Tuff Men – IN

  • south coast toon

    Sep 27, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #31

    i think its great, can say what he likes if its true then great, but i dare say its a drink filled jest that has given us something to focus on
    i think we should defo start cisse with someone up front, and bring the kids on in the second half, we need to get forward and surport the front boys i think we might win at stoke but i think we are out of the league cup lol

  • Diggedydaws

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Bit that rankles me is Ashley saying “THAT” club!

    If you ever needed a clearer statement of how disconnected from us that is it.

    Fat cockney w**ker!


    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #33

    So it’s win win at Stoke, if we win we win, if we lose we also win. Let’s hope he sticks to his drunken words.


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