Mike Ashley’s comments of Thursday night – if taken seriously – could mean that Alan Pardew will be fired if Newcastle lose at Stoke on Monday night, but Alan Pardew has brushed those comments off and said he talked to the Newcastle owner earlier this week, and he’s well aware that Ashley wants wins very soon – and the goal on Monday night is to win at Stoke.
Alan Pardew – talked with Ashley earlier this week
This is what the Newcastle manager has said today:
“I’ve been made aware of his comments but sometimes things are taken out of context. If it was a sit down interview done in a serious manner I’d be a lot more concerned than I am today that’s for sure.”
“I’ve not seen Mike, but I spoke to him earlier this week. He’s obviously very keen for us to get victories, that’s what he’s about.”
“I’ve been under pressure at this club for a number of weeks now. All I can do is focus on the team and that’s what I’ll do.”
“When you’re doing anything in life you have to be focused on what the goal is. There’s a simple goal for us on Monday night, we want to get a win.”
The good news , and there is some, is that Tim Krul, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse are all expected to recover from the flu bug that kept them out of the trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
But with Alan seemingly close to the sack, we could see the anonymous group Sack Pardew organize protests against the manager at the Britannia Stadium, in a game that is being shown on TV live around the world.
It would be good to win that game.
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